Jerusalem, 2 June 2002

ISA arrests young Palestinian woman involved in March 21 Jerusalem bombing
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

The Israel Security Agency (ISA) on Friday, May 24, 2002 arrested Sanaa Muhammed Hassin Shehada, 27 year old resident of the Kalandiya refugee camp, who was involved in the infiltration of the terrorist who committed the suicide bombing of Jerusalem’s King George street on March 21, 2002 in which three Israelis were killed and dozens wounded. She was arrested on the basis of information obtained during the questioning of Abd el Karim Aweis, a senior Tanzim leader in the West Bank who was arrested during Operation Defensive Shield.

Sanaa revealed under questioning that she was the friend and collaborator of Nasser Shawish, a senior Islamic Jihad figure in Jenin who was responsible for the organization of the Jerusalem attack, and agreed to his request to infiltrate the suicide terrorist, Muhammed Hashaika, into Jerusalem with the assistance of another woman named Kahira, and two other men.

Sanaa reconstructed the events of the attack for the ISA investigators including the pre-attack preparations, the methods used to get around the IDF road blocks, the props and disguises used to blend in with the surroundings and the method of escape.