May 17, 2011
Jaffa Mosque bombing plan was to be blamed on right wing Israelis
An Arab-Israeli crime mob planned to bomb a mosque in Jaffa and pass it off as an attack by right-wing settlers, police discovered.
At least eight people have been under arrest for the last month in the case, from which a gag order was lifted Tuesday, according to reports.
The plan to bomb the Hassan Bek Mosque in Jaffa and the car of its sheikh was thwarted just hours before it was set to occur, when a police raid on a home in Jaffa last month uncovered the powerful bomb that was set to be planted in the building, Ynet reported.
Another plan included targeting a new Scientology center in Jaffa.
The would-be bombers had planned to spray paint the words “price tag” in the neighborhood to make the attack look like the work of rightists. “Price tag” refers to the strategy extremist settlers have adopted to exact a price in attacks on Palestinians in retribution for settlement freezes or their attacks on Jews. The incident was to have occurred shortly after five members of the Fogel family were killed in their home on a Friday night.
Indictments against the suspects, including several members of one Jaffa family, are expected to be made in Tel Aviv District Court later this week.