Temple Mount Terror Attack Was Muslim Brotherhood Operation, Shin Bet Says
According to a Shin Bet statement, last month's terror attack on Jerusalem's Temple Mount that killed two Israeli Druze police officers was directly aided by a mosque official tied to the banned "Islamic Movement" — the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in Israel.
Security measures imposed by Israel after the attack sparked weeks of riots and protests, and a Jewish family preparing their Sabbath meal was murdered in their West Bank home.
The Times of Israel reports:
The Shin Bet security service said the suspect, 35-year-old Amjad Muhammad Ahmad Jabarin from the city of Umm al-Fahm, transported the three terrorists to Jerusalem, spoke with them about their plans ahead of time, and “even offered to join them in carrying out the attack on at least two occasions.”
During his interrogation, Jabarin also revealed connections between the three terrorists -- all of them named Muhammad Jabarin from Umm al-Fahm -- and the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, the Shin Bet said.
According to the indictment, Jabarin trained with the terrorists ahead of the attack, joining them when they went to practice shooting their improvised “Carlo” submachine guns.
The night before the attack, he also drove the three to a soccer field in Umm al-Fahm, which served as a pickup point for a shuttle to the Temple Mount, knowing that they were armed and planning to carry out the shooting, according to the charges against him.
After the attack, Jabarin also hid some of the killers’ belongings -- cellphones and keys to a car -- which they’d given him beforehand, according to the indictment.
The Shin Bet said the men came together to plan their attack at the mosque in Umm al-Fahm’s al-Malsa’a neighborhood.
The indicted mosque muezzin also implicated the Islamic Movement:
“The findings of the investigation pointed to a clear link between the al-Malsa’a mosque and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, which was declared an illegal organization in November 2015 and is now considered a terrorist organization,” the agency said.
“In addition, connections were found between the assailants and the Islamic Movement, including support for the ideas put out by the movement and through their involvement in organizations that have clear links to the Islamic Movement,” the Shin Bet said.
I reported here at PJ Media in November 2015 on the ban of the Islamic Movement and its designation as a terrorist organization:
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs specifically identified the Islamic Movement as a branch of the global Muslim Brotherhood.
Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement, praised the terrorists who killed the police officers on the Temple Mount at their funeral in Umm al-Fahm, calling them "martyrs":
Salah was indicted yesterday on charges of incitement for praising the murder of the policemen:
Video footage shows the terrorists entering the Old City and the Temple Mount on the day of the attack. An accomplice carried the weapons in a bag, which was exchanged inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque during Friday prayers:
After changing clothes, the terrorists attacked the police charging down from the Temple Mount:
The complex was closed and searched by Israeli authorities, where dozens more weapons were discovered:
Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with police a week later, the same day a Palestinian man stabbed four members of a Jewish family -- three of them fatally -- in their home north of Ramallah in the West Bank as they prepared for Sabbath.
Synagogues were attacked and protests were held around the Middle East in response to the security measures on the Temple Mount:
Internationally, the Muslim Brotherhood called for a new intifada against Israel and incited new violence:
It was recently reported that the banned Islamic Movement receives financial support from Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Turkey and Britain that was moved through shell companies and other means of money laundering.
In the past, the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan has been implicated in direct support of terrorism in Israel:
I reported here at PJ Media last month on the extensive history of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood's open support for terrorism:
Reports indicate that, following the Shin Bet announcement of the Islamic Movement's role in the Temple Mount terror attack, Israeli officials will now press the Trump administration for the U.S. to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization -- a move that has caused considerable pushback from the American media cartel.
Calls for designating the Muslim Brotherhood have also come under fire from the State Department and the CIA, despite a wave of warnings from European intelligence agencies and our Middle East allies about the group's role in international terrorism: