Jerusalem, 11 April 2002

Head of Palestinian General Intelligence in West Bank offers to smuggle wanted terrorist into Jordan
(Communicated by Israel security sources)

In the course of Operation Defensive Shield, the IDF seized a document revealing that the Head of the Palestinian General Intelligence in the West Bank, Tawfiq Tirawi, was ready to smuggle a wanted terrorist into Jordan.

The terrorist had been involved in shooting attacks at the IDF and the Israeli community of Psagot. The wanted terrorist is the brother of Wafa Idris, a thirty year-old suicide bomber from the Amamri refugee camp who killed one Israeli and wounded 90 others in an attack in Jerusalem, on January 27, 2002.

The document reveals that Tawfiq Tirawi phoned the older brother of the suicide bomber, Khalil Idris, and requested that his family not declare that Wafa carried out the bombing, and that they declare instead that Wafa had married and moved to Jordan.

In exchange, Tirawi offered to assist Khalil to travel to Jordan, in spite of the fact that he was on Israel’s list of wanted terrorists.

Khalil Idris, a 35 year-old resident of the Amamri refugee camp, is an operative in the General Intelligence and the Fatah Tanzim terrorist organization. He is wanted for shooting attacks against the IDF and Jewish communities.

Once again, the document exposes the close ties between the General Intelligence in the West Bank, headed by Tawfiq Tirawi, and the Fatah Tanzim and Al-Aqsa Brigade terrorists. These ties are reflected in the support for the execution of terrorist attacks and the covering up of information and assistance given to the terrorists.