Hamas attempts to recruit West Bank, Jerusalem residents – via satellite
A secret Hamas unit in the Gaza Strip used Al-Aqsa TV to direct Palestinians in the West Bank to carry out attacks inside Israel, the Shin Bet General Security Service said on Wednesday.
According to the Shin Bet, dozens of young Palestinian men and women from the West Bank and east Jerusalem who were in contact with the unit have been arrested in recent years.
The unit used the official Hamas satellite television channel to convey coded messages to recruit and direct sleeper cells to carry out terrorist attacks, including a suicide bombing on a bus in the central Israeli city of Lod.
One of the cell members arrested by the Shin Bet, 21 year-old Yatta resident Qutayba Alnoega, was first recruited via Facebook last year by Hamas agent Muhammad Arbeed. Arbeen put Alnoega in touch with a Hamas operative who tried to enlist Alnoega to carry out a suicide bombing on behalf of the terrorist group.
While al-Nawaja’a “believed Arbid was a journalist” since he wore a yellow “PRESS” vest during protests along the Gaza border, to prove that they were indeed Hamas operatives, the second Hamas operative who spoke with al-Noega told him to tell them which verse from the Quran to recite, then watch for it on a specific show on Al Aqsa the following day.