by: Ilse Strauss
Tuesday, 10 November 2020 | Hamas has never been coy about its intentions toward Israel. The founding charter of the Iran-backed terror group that rules the 1.9 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip does, after all, clearly stipulate the destruction of Israel through jihad (holy war) as its reason for existence. And according to the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency), Hamas now enlists Palestinian minors in Judea and Samaria as jihadists in its bloody war.
The Shin Bet yesterday announced the arrest of two Palestinian youths, including a 16-year-old, whom the terror group recruited to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens and soldiers.
The two would-be terrorists, both from a village near Hebron, were reportedly hooked by a Gaza-based member of the Hamas military wing cyber unit during a dedicated online recruitment effort spanning a number of social platforms across several months.
“During the minors’ interrogation…it emerged that they were meant to receive weapons, ammunition, uniforms and money in order to advance terrorist activities…” the Shin Bet said.
The two future terrorists also shared their prospective terror itinerary with their interrogators, including gathering intelligence on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) activities in the area, kidnapping an Israeli citizen from a Jewish community in Judea and Samaria and the grand finale of a number of shooting attacks on Israeli targets.
According to the Shin Bet, “The investigation shows the level of unrestrained efforts by Hamas to advance terror attacks and to build terrorist infrastructure in the West Bank while taking advantage of minors and harming their families.”
The arrests were reportedly made last month, the security service said, but details of the case were barred from publication pending the two minors’ indictment last week.
Posted on November 10, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 10, 2020)
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