Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Beduins Bed Down With Al-Quaida


Sigh. What is going on? How many people on Birthright have spent a night in a Beduin Tent listening to stories? How many people have purchased from Beduins?

I know that the youth don't understand how they hurt their people when they radicalize, but they do. They hurt their parents, their family, and, to a greater extent, the ability for anyone to get a job, to earn a living, to be considered trustworthy.

Now, how many people will want to support their economy? How many will trust them to take their children for a tourist trip? We now have to worry that some of their radicalize youth will kill us, kidnap us, or plan some massive attack.

But don't worry. It won't be long before Israel releases them in exchange for another Israeli murdered by radicals.

Jul 9, 2008 16:30 | Updated Jul 9, 2008 22:41

Police: We exposed Israeli al-Qaida cell

Two Israeli Beduin from the Negev town of Rahat were charged Wednesday with plotting terrorist outrages over the internet with al-Qaida members overseas and marking out civilian and military sites in Israel for attack.

The suspects were named by police as Taher Abu Sakut, 21, and Omar Abu Sakut, 22. They were arrested in late May and early June in a joint Israel Police-Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operation.

An indictment was filed against them on Wednesday in the Beersheba District Court, accusing them of membership in a terror organization, aiding the enemy during a time of war and transferring information to the enemy with intent to harm national security.

Both suspects confessed during their interrogations to the charges.

"These are not Palestinians from the West Bank or Gaza - they're Israeli residents, and we view this episode with extreme severity," F.-Sgt Moti Azor, Head of the Hostile Enemy Activities Unit in Lahish, of the Southern Police District, said. "They're Israelis who were raised in this country.

They really crossed the line and made contact with the worst of our enemies in order to attack us," he added.

"Taher was the first to go online to al-Qaida sites after becoming indoctrinated through the Islamic Movement. He was asked by al-Qaida members for targets in Israel to attack, and responded by sending information on Ben Gurion Airport, the Ashkelon power plant, the Be'er Sheva central bus station, and targets in Eilat," Azor said

"He provided information on where terrorists can enter Israel via the West Bank, and where they could hide out in the desert after an attack. At a certain stage in the communication, Omar asked to be put in touch with fighters in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. He was plotting attacks that could harm his own family," Azor added.

"He then told his cousin, Omar, to join the website, giving him a username and password. They visited 10 Islamist sites, all from their home in Rahat. The suspects used an array of programs aimed at hiding their internet activities and erasing their tracks."

Azor said Taher's father was arrested and then released on bail in connection with the investigation.

"This not about a few kids surfing the internet. They had intent to cause harm, and they admit to doing it out of ideological motivations. This was done with malicious intention. In court, the suspects, who are now anxious, showed some regret, saying they should have stopped themselves. But this regret is insincere - they don't regret it. We have exposed an al-Qaida cell in Israel," Azor said.

Police and the Shin Bet would continue to hunt for jihadi cells in Israel, Azor vowed, adding that he hoped the recent arrest would deter Israeli Arab youths from visiting al-Qaida-affiliated sites.

This is not the first time that Israeli-Arabs have been charged with maintaining contacts with al Qaida.

In December, two Israeli Arabs from the city of Jaljuliya in northern Israel were arrested for allegedly planning al-Qaida inspired terror attacks against Israeli targets.

The suspects told their interrogators that they was influenced by al-Qaida philosophy and used to spend hours surfing Global Jihad websites and listening to speeches of radical Islamic preachers.


  1. Where does it say that they were Druze?

    It states clearly that they are Bedouin (ergo by definition not Druze), their names suggest standard Islam rather than any Druze affiliation, and they are from the Negev - the south; Druze live in the north.

    Aside from which, any affiliation with Al Qaeda makes it nearly impossible for them to be Druze - that creed is regarded as apostasy and utter heresy by many Muslims, certainly so by radical Sunnis.

    I doubt that they are Druze.

  2. B"H

    You are absolutely right! I changed the headline and my comments. Thank you!!

    I apologize! I made a big error.

  3. Thank you.

    It nevertheless indicates that there is a problem. Despite stellar service by Bedouin as trackers (and, here in SF, as vice-consul for Israel), there is still a long way to go in the winning of hearts and minds among the Arabs who stayed. But it is not insurmountable - many, most even, prefer being Israeli. But like any group that exists on the margins, disaffected elements will be dangerous to a society that they do not see themselves as being a part of, or identify with.

    Druze have strong ideas about fighting for the country of which they are part.
    Nomads (Bedouin) almost by definition do not see themselves as members of a nation.


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