The plotters were located and arrested in a joint investigation lasting some weeks by the Shin Bet, the police elite unit and the Border Guard undercover officers. The group was preparing to stage a major shooting attack during the New Year festival on Jews residing in Silwan, the Jerusalem village just south of Temple Mount.
The ringleader, Mahmad Fariah, 39, who lives in Silwan, had contacted terrorist groups in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip as sponsors and providers of funds. Arrested with him was another Silwan resident, a minor with a long record as a terrorist for shooting attacks and torching security vehicles. The suspected terrorists will be brought before the Jerusalem District court on Sept. 20 for indictement.
The two-day Jewish New Year festival begins Wednesday night.