Jerusalem, 13 June 2002

Results of questioning of Tanzim terrorist
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

On Friday, June 6, 2002 the Israel Security Agency (ISA) arrested 25-year-old Tanzim member Amin Amr Ziad of El Bireh. Amin admitted under questioning to involvement in the suicide attack perpetrated by Amar Shkukani in Tel Aviv on Friday, May 24, 2002 that was foiled when a security guard shot the terrorist, prematurely setting off the explosive charge he was carrying.

Amin said he was approached by Muhammed abu Hamid, brother of senior West Bank Fatah leader Nasser abu Hamid, to take part in terrorist activities in the framework of the Al Aqsa Brigades. Amin was present when Abu Hamid convinced Amar to carry out the suicide attack. The car was booby trapped and loaded the with 130 kilograms of explosives several days before the intended attack.

Abu Hamid informed Amin that he had acquired the explosives for the bomb in Ramallah from Abed Abed, a member of Force 17, Arafat’s Presidential Guard. The bomb weighed a total of 130 kilograms. The attack was originally supposed to take place Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, near the Sbarro restaurant, but the target was changed to Tel Aviv.

Amin added that he participated in many shooting attacks on Psagot, the army camps at Beit El and Tira. In addition, he also stated that he was a weapons dealer dealing in arms originating in Jordan. The weapons were smuggled via the Jordan River bridges in Palestinian Authority vehicles using VIP documents in exchange for very large payments. He also stated that he sold many weapons to special forces commander Bashir Nafa.