Jerusalem, 11 July 2001

ISA and Israel police solve murders and arrest part of terrorist cell
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The ISA and the Israel Police, today Wednesday, July 11, 2001 announced they solved the murder of two Israeli civilians, Simcha Ron and Dina Guetta.

During the course of the investigation, six residents of the territories illegally living in Israel were arrested. The six are:

  • Abd el Rahman Hassan Mahmoud Washah – Former Black Panther member, resident of Araba/Misgav (illegally) – Originally from Boureij/Gaza.
  • Mowafak Hassan Mahmoud Washah – Former Black Panther member, resident of Araba/Misgav (illegally) – Originally from Boureij/Gaza.
  • Muhammed Salah Rashid Oudeh – No organizational affiliation – Resident of Maarna Jenin.
  • Omar Mahmoud Ahmed Hamel – No organizational affiliation – Resident of Bardala/Dotan.
  • Ahmed Housein Jomaah abu Zied – No organizational affiliation – Resident of Jericho.
  • Samer Mousa Ramadan Ramadan – No organizational affiliation – Resident of Jericho.

    It should be noted that there are at lease four more members of the cell in hiding in Palestinian Authority territory.

    The six were recruited to the "Omar el Mukhtar" cell. The objective of the cell was to commit murders and attacks within the Green Line. The creation of the cell can be attributed to the environment of the last months – as part of the Palestinian efforts to attack Israeli and Jewish targets.

    The cell was directed by a Jordanian to perpetrate attacks. The Jordanian was apparently connected with Hizbullah.

    Three members of the cell stabbed Simcha Ron to death on Friday, 27.4.2001. The victim’s body was found at the scene of the murder, Kfar Ba’aneh, the next morning.

    Two cell members (one of whom has yet to be apprehended) stabbed the Jewish prostitute, Dina Guetta, to death on April 1st, 2001 on Ha’atzmaut street in Haifa. Murder of the prostitute was the initiation rite into the cell.

    Part of the cell was captured within the Green Line and part was captured near Jericho (near one of the roadblocks at the entrance to the city in an area under full Israeli control).