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Last update - 20:12 04/11/2007

Three East J'lem men arrested for planning attacks in Israel 
By Ofra Idelman, Haaretz Correspondent  

A gag order was lifted on Sunday on the arrest of three East Jerusalem residents suspected of planning terror attacks in Israel.

Among the cell's planned attacks was a suicide attack in Jerusalem and shooting attacks on security forces on Mugrabi Gate in the Old City.

An indictment filed by the Jerusalem District Attorney on Friday reveals that at the end of 2006, 19-year-old Mamoun Abu Tir and Atallah Abu Tir, 20, both from Umm Tuba in East Jerusalem, decided to set up a terror cell. To advance the cell, Mamoun Abu Tir established contacts with a man who introduced himself as an Islamic Jihad activist in Algeria.

According to the indictment, the man send Mamud Abu Tir instructions on preparing explosives, and, in September 2007, connected him with an Islamic Jihad militant in the Gaza Strip.

The indictment also states that Mamoun Abu Tir discussed with the Gaza militant potential attacks on various figures, including the mayor of Jerusalem. The two originally discussed bringing a suicide bomber from Hebron to Be'er Sheva, but eventually decided to try and carry out an attack on Jerusalem instead.

The Gaza militant, according to the indictment, offered to bring a suicide bomber to the separation fence in Jerusalem, from where Mamun Abu Tir would pick him up. The latter agreed, and asked his friend Atallah Abu Tir to act as a driver. The two agreed to search for the ideal location for an attack in the city, and to obtain weapons for a shooting attack on forces guarding the Mugrabi Gate.

Roughly one week later, the Gaza middleman allegedly told Mamoun Abu Tir in apparent code that he should prepare to pick up a "present" in the West Bank city of Jenin. The indictment states that Abu Tir understood from this that he was to pick up a suicide bomber and an explosives belt.

Several hours later, Mamoun Abu Tir was arrested by security forces. He and Atallah Abu Tir have been charged with conspiring with an enemy during wartime, and the former also with contacts with a foreign agent.

The indictment also charges Said Amira, from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Tzur Bahar, with conspiring with an enemy during wartime. The indictment says that in early 2007, Attalah Abu Tir discussed with Amira possible attacks against Jews.

Amira is also changed with throwing a stone at Israeli police officers in 2002 after Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and of membership in a terror organization, after he took part in a Hamas rally in 2004 and acted as a Hamas observer for Palestinian Authority elections in 2006

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