Israel-Gaza War, Israeli Arabs, Terrorism

Released for Publication: Taibe Resident Joins Terror Organization

A 19-year-old Taibe resident has been charged with joining a terror organization and acting against the IDF, including throwing bombs.

Arrest. Archive. (Photo: Israel Police Spokesperson)

Security forces continue to operate inside Israel, as well, with an indictment filed today (Sunday) in the district court in Lod against 19-year-old Mahmoud Rafik Abd al-Rachim Masarwa. Rafik is a resident of Taibe arrested after a police investigation revealed his involvement in suspected serious security crimes including aiding the enemy in wartime, membership in a terrorist organization, and use of firearms. The suspect joined a terrorist organization and threw bombs towards IDF forces.

As part of the investigation, investigators of the central district central unit in the police and the Shin Bet uncovered clips, photos, and correspondence in the defendant’s phone showing him holding different kinds of weapons, preparing pipe bombs with terrorists resident in Judea and Samaria and firing various kinds of weapons.

The investigation revealed that the suspect was involved among other things in throwing bombs at IDF forces, handing over information on IDF force movement in Judea and Samaria, conducting shooting practice with terror organization members, was asked to secure military equipment for terrorist activity and also provided weapons to organization activists, all while aiding wanted terrorist activists and warning them of IDF forces’ entry into the area, patrolling with them in areas where shooting attacks took place, and was even aware of intentions to conduct further shooting attacks on IDF forces.

As noted, the serious indictment was filed against the suspect in the Lod district court by Adv. Tomer Steinberg of the Central District prosecution on a number of serious security charges, including aiding the enemy in wartime, membership in a terrorist organization, training or instruction for terror purposes, using weapons for terror purposes, serious terror acts, and use of firearms.


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