Itongadol/AJN.- Three residents of the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber were convicted on Tuesday of planning a terror attack on a wedding hall in the capital\’s Bayit Vagan neighborhood.
3 east Jerusalem men convicted of planning terror attack on Jerusalem wedding hall
Anas Ouisat, Basel Abidat and Ahmed Sarur were convicted with not only conspiracy to commit a felony, but conspiracy to commit a felony in aid of an enemy during war.
The men had fought the second more serious charge to no avail.
Ouisat and Abidat decided in December, based on nationalistic motivations, that they would carry out an attack against civilians in Jerusalem and in coordination with terrorist groups.
Ouisat suggested a shooting attack on the Nof Yerushalayim hall because there could be many casualties (800 to 1,500 attendees), and because he had worked there.
They planned to enter the hall dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews, with mini-Uzi guns under their clothes, and they obtained an estimate of NIS 50,000 from a weapons dealer.
At some point, Sarur joined the group, and performed surveillance of the hall to plan the attack.
The men were arrested, along with a fourth man, Amru Abado, in February 2014.