The Israel Security Agency thwarted a major Hamas terror attack in Yerushalayim after an explosive charge ready for use and laboratory were uncovered in Chevron. The cell planning the attack was operating under the direction of Hamas in Gaza. Cell members were instructed to establish teams to carrying out kidnapping, shooting and stabbing attacks, to purchase weapons and to recruit others to carry out attacks.
Tamar Rajah Rajbi, 22, a student at the Polytechnic College in Chevron and an activist in Hamas’ student arm Al-kotla al-Islamiya, was arrested in June with a 3-kg. explosive device with metal attached to cause extensive damage. He was trained by Hamas operatives in Gaza over the Internet to manufacture explosive devices. Materials were stored on the school grounds adjacent to Rajbi’s home.