Photo: Shin Bet media
Hand grenades seized by the police
Photo: Shin Bet media

Bedouin man charged with planning to blow up Ashdod hotel

The indictment says 20-year-old Adal Abu Hadayb from southern Israel wanted to 'harm Jews' but his attempts to make a bomb using fertilizer, sugar and water proved unsuccessful; police also seized hand grenades and rifles from the suspect

A 20-year-old man from a predominantly Bedouin town in southern Israel planned to blow up a hotel in the city Ashdod, according to an indictment filed by the Southern District Prosecutor's Office on Sunday.



According to the charges, Adal Abu Hadayb from Rahat, began watching Hamas videos and later YouTube clips on how to make homemade explosives sometime in 2018. He later purchased materials with an intention to make a bomb to “harm Jews” at a Leonardo hotel in Ashdod where he worked as a gardener.


Hand grenades seized by the police (Photo: Shin Bet media)
Hand grenades seized by the police (Photo: Shin Bet media)


Hadayb apparently later became disenchanted with the terror group due to its policies in the Gaza Strip, which he disapproved of, but he continued to proceed with his initial plan.


In June, the suspect purchased fertilizer at a store in Rahat with an intention to make homemade explosives, but his attempts to build a bomb by mixing fertilizer with sugar and water proved unsuccessful.


In addition, back in 2017 the suspect found a bag with five hand grenades, two stun grenades, a smoke grenade and two tear gas canisters at a garden in the southern town of Yavneh where he was employed at the time.


Weapons seized by the police from the suspect (Photo: Shin Bet media)
Weapons seized by the police from the suspect (Photo: Shin Bet media)


He’d taken the bag with the explosives back to Rahat and tried to sell them to a minor for NIS 400 ($113). The grenades were seized by the police after the defendant went back on his decision to sell them.


In another instance, he bought an improvised rifle for NIS 8,000 ($2,260) and carried out shooting drills.


The State Prosecutor's Office filed a request for him to remain under arrest until the end of the legal proceedings.


פרסום ראשון: 07.21.19, 14:59
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