Israeli media is reporting that two individuals associated with both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel were indicted on charges of planning to fire a missile at a Jerusalem soccer stadium. According to one report:
Two Hamas members from east Jerusalem were indicted Sunday on suspicion of planning to fire a missile at Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium during an Israeli premier league soccer match. Their remand was extended by two weeks. According to a Shin Bet investigation, the two men – Moussa Hamada of Sur Baher and Bassam Omri of Beit Safafa – began planning the terrorist activity after the Israeli operation in Gaza. One of their plans was to fire at missile at the stadium during a soccer match. The two visited a hill overlooking the stadium in order to locate the best place for the attack and collected information on the area. However their plan did not materialize into action. The investigation revealed that the two – who were also active in the Muslim Brotherhood movement – purchased a number of guns and attempted to buy rifles and explosive devices. Moussa’s cousins, Mahmoud and Amer Hamada, were involved in the weapons’ purchase and in attempts to hide them. The guns were bought from Balal Bahtan, who lives in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. All the suspects were arrested, questioned and confessed to their involvement in purchasing the weapons.
Although the precise ties of the two individuals to the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood were not specified, the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel is generally known as the “Islamic Movement” whose extreme wing is headed by Sheikh Raed Salah, profiled in an earlier post.
For a discussion of the ties between the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, go here.