Locally organized terrorism in Jerusalem increases

ISA report shows a rise in locally organized terrorist activity in the capital this year, including stabbings and use of Molotov cocktails and explosives

Date: 25/07/2012, 6:16 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

This year has seen a significant rise in locally organized terror activity in Jerusalem – with terrorists carrying out stabbings, using Molotov cocktails, and throwing stones – according to a report published by the Israel Security Agency (ISA, also known as the Shin Bet security service).

The ISA report found that since the beginning of 2012, there have been three stabbing attacks or assaults, 71 attacks with Molotov cocktails, and hundreds of stone-throwing attacks. So far this year, attacks designated by the ISA as “locally organized terrorism” have injured 29 Israelis, including 16 civilians.

The report stated that the ISA, in conjunction with the IDF (Zahal) and the Israel Police, uncovered three networks of “locally organized terrorism,” the investigation of which revealed a willingness to escalate such attacks. In recent months, dozens of terrorists of this sort were arrested.

According to the ISA, “The recent discoveries of popular terror squads indicate an escalation in the ‘resistance’ in the field, with an emphasis on upgrading weapon capabilities, as well as high motivation and preparedness to carry out attacks.”

The ISA also noted that the removal of the infrastructure of locally organized terror is still continuing. “Given the recent wave of arrests, a significant decrease in the volume of violent disturbances has been felt in the various neighborhoods in Jerusalem,” it indicated. “Efforts to increase locally organized terror capabilities are expected to continue, which will be used by additional popular terror organizations in Jerusalem in the future.”