Jerusalem, 13 March 2002

ISA arrests DFLP terror cell in Issawiya
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Israel Security Ageny (ISA) and the Israel Police (Jerusalem District) recently arrested six members of a Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) cell in the northern Jerusalem village of Issawiya.

During the investigation, the cell members confessed that they had perpetrated a large number of shooting attacks at private vehicles and buses on the Jerusalem-Maaleh Adumim road and at security forces stationed near the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt. Scopus campus.

The cell members also confessed to throwing Molotov cocktails and pipe bombs at vehicles on the aforementioned road on numerous occasions, as well as to setting fire to the vehicles and businesses of Issawiya residents who either worked for Israeli employers or were suspected of collaboration.

The cell members also confessed that they had planned to attack the A-Zaim checkpoint on the Jerusalem-Maaleh Adumim road and the Oferit IDF base near Issawiya, and to lay mines at the entrance to Issawiya to be used against the security forces when they entered the village, either either make arrests or to maintain order during the demolition of illegally-built structures.