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September 09, 2002
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Three Palestinians attempt to poison customers of a cafe in Jerusalem, Israel's capital

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that three Palestinians tried to poison customers of a cafe in Jerusalem.

According to police, the suspects have confessed to plotting to lace pitchers of Coca Cola at the popular cafe in a cul-de-sac off of Ben-Yehuda Street, with a tasteless, odorless poisonous substance that was to have been provided by Fahri, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem laundromat employee. He was to have made the compound with the help of instructions from the Hamas web site, security officials said.

The substance, whose name was not given, apparently causes death 15 hours after being ingested, with the victim appearing to suffer a heart attack, the officials said. [...]

Two suspects, Sufian Fahri, 23 a laundromat operator at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who lives in Jabel Mukhaber and Mousa Mohammed, 22, an insurance worker from Ras el-Amud, were expected to be charged on Monday in Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, according to police. They have confessed to their role in the plot, police said.

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3 Arabs held for cafe poison plot
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
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Security officials have arrested three Jerusalem Palestinians linked to Hamas and accused of plotting to lace drinks at the city's Rimon Cafe with poison.

Two suspects, Sufian Fahri, 23 a laundromat operator at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem who lives in Jabel Mukhaber and Mousa Mohammed, 22, an insurance worker from Ras el-Amud, were expected to be charged on Monday in Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, according to police. They have confessed to their role in the plot, police said.

A third, the alleged ringleader, Othman Said, 22, a chef at Ramon, from the Silwan neighborhood, is to be charged with attempted murder later this week.

The suspects were apprehended three weeks ago, shortly before they were to have carried out the attack. A gag order lifted on Monday banned previous publication of the arrests.

According to police, the suspects have confessed to plotting to lace pitchers of Coca Cola at the popular cafe in a cul-de-sac off of Ben-Yehuda Street, with a tasteless, odorless poisonous substance that was to have been provided by Fahri, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem laundromat employee. He was to have made the compound with the help of instructions from the Hamas web site, security officials said.

The substance, whose name was not given, apparently causes death 15 hours after being ingested, with the victim appearing to suffer a heart attack, the officials said.

News of the arrests comes several weeks after security forces uncovered an east Jerusalem-based Hamas terror cell blamed for a series of bombings that killed 35 people, including nine at the Hebrew University on July 31 and 10 at the Moment cafe in Jerusalem earlier this year.

Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert told the Post there is no doubt that due to increasing difficulties the Palestinians face in infiltrating Israel, there is a "supreme effort under way" to use Israeli civilians to carry out attacks.

"I had hoped that Jerusalem residents would not degenerate to becoming involved in terrorist activities, and I am deeply disappointed that they have," Olmert said. "But it is hard to say that it is beyond comprehension if you take into account the reality we live in."

Asked if he envision further attacks or planned attacks carried out by Jerusalem Arabs Olmert said: "I have no illusion that within the society, the majority of whom are law biding citizens, there are more like these."

However, Olmert noted that the vast majority of the city's 210,000 Arabs are law abiding citizens.

While all Jerusalem Arabs may apply for Israeli citizenship, only about 10,000 are citizens, eligible for the blue identity booklets distributed to all Israelis. Other Jerusalem Palestinians have chosen to retain Jordanian passports, but are issued Israeli resident identification cards. They are eligible for welfare benefits but cannot vote.

Posted by David Melle at September 09, 2002 09:06 AM
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