A 22-year-old Arab resident of the Shuafat neighborhood in East Jerusalem has been arrested and indicted for planning to carry out a massive suicide bombing attack in the capital last month, it was cleared for publication Tuesday by the Shin Bet.

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The arrest of the would-be terrorist—Muhammad Fauaz Ibrahim Joulani—came following a joint operation with the Shin Bet and the Israel Police.

 

The investigation revealed that Joulani, a Hamas member, contacted terrorists from the terror organization controlling Gaza and expressed his will to carry out attacks on its behalf.

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Joulani was asked to recruit additional accomplices to conduct terrorist attacks and managed to compile and send a list of names to his handlers in Gaza.

The investigation further revealed that terrorist had a number of ideas for potential terror attacks such as a shooting attack at the Hizma checkpoint, a bombing at a Jerusalem store in which he had worked in 2011, throwing a pipe bomb at the Shuafat checkpoint. He also considered carrying out a bombing attack at the Jerusalem Central Bus Station and the busy Malha Mall.

The latter plan was abandoned as a result of increased security measures at both locations. Looking to strike less secure targets, the terrorist planned to revert back to a strategy which had been the central characteristic of the Second Intifada. To that end,he planned a suicide attack on a bus line in the Pisgat Ze’ev neighborhood of Jerusalem.

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