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Israeli forces have detained 18 Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and West Bank for being in a WhatsApp group with a Palestinian who was killed by Israeli forces on Monday after allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack.
Al-Samri implied in her statement that Ibrahim Mahmoud Matar, the slain Jerusalemite youth, had been influenced by the WhatsApp group to carry out the alleged attack, and added that 10 of the 18 had their detention extended to Monday.
However, Matar’s family has insisted that the 25-year-old blacksmith was “executed in cold blood” and was not committing an attack at the time of his death.
(File)Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Sunday that the detained were all members of a group called “Road to heaven” on the messaging application, which she said was used to share religious messages.
Since a wave of unrest began in October 2015, which has left some 260 Palestinians and 40 Israelis killed, rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases, denouncing what they have termed as a “shoot-to-kill” policy against Palestinians who did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or who could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner — amid a backdrop of impunity for Israeli forces who have committed the killings.Israel’s response to attacks have meanwhile be denounced as “collective punishment” and illegal under international law.
Lions’ Gate stabber was part of radical WhatsApp group — police
Police arrested 18 members of a WhatsApp group allegedly used to plan last week’s stabbing attack against police officers in Jerusalem.
Two Border Police officers were moderately wounded in the attack which occurred on in the early hours of the Purim festival.
According to police, the assailant entered a guard booth where the two officers were stationed holding a large butcher’s knife.
After a brief struggle, one of the officers fought his way out of the guard booth, loaded his weapon and shot the assailant, police said.
A day after the attack, police arrested 18 members of the group, residents of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, who are suspected of conspiracy to commit a crime.
Jerusalem Terrorist’s WhatsApp group discovered
as mentioned in The WhatsApp group the terrorist was part of was mostly composed of residents from East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The Israel Police discovered a WhatsApp group chat that the terrorist was part of named “The Path to Paradise.” As part of the investigation into the attack in which two Israeli Border Policemen were moderately wounded, the police arrested all 18 members of the WhatsApp group.
A day after the terror attack, the group members were arrested including its founder and the managers, who were all questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime.
“The investigation of the group and the arrests disrupts the possible intentions of others to follow in the terrorist’s footsteps and to attempt to perpetrate an attack.”
Lion’s Gate terrorist a member of “The Path to Paradise” WhatsApp group Today (Sunday), new details from the investigation into last week’s terror attack in the Old City’s Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem have been cleared for publication.