Kristine L Ming

Mother of would-be assassins arrested by Shin Bet

The mother of two security detainees was arrested on suspicion of providing financial support to them, the Shin Bet internal security agency revealed Monday.

According to a statement released by the agency,  Jaljuliya resident Hayat Faki was arrested on July 17 July with “money in her possession given to her by terror groups and intended, among other things, for her two sons, Fares and Adam Faki, two security detainees awaiting trial.”

Adam and Fares Faki were arrested by the Shin Bet in May 2017 and charged with serious offenses connected to an alleged plan to assassinate an Israeli army officer in revenge for the killing of senior Hamas operative Mazen Fukaha in the Gaza Strip in March.

While Israel has denied any role in his death Hamas has blamed his assassination on Israel and publicly executed three men in late May convicted of collaborating with Israel to kill Fuqaha.

During the Shin Bet’s investigation into the alleged plot it was discovered that Adam Faki had been recruited into Hamas by another brother, Muhammed, while in Gaza to attend a family wedding in 2014. He is said to have undergone small arms training with senior Hamas figure Hassan Jabari,  the brother of Ahmad Jabari, the former head of Hamas’ Izzedine al-Qassam brigade who was assassinated by the IDF during Operational Pillar of Defense in 2012.

According to a statement released by Shin Bet in June, the case  “illustrates the serious danger posed by the connection between the criminal world and terrorism.”  The investigation also showed how Hamas was “exploiting Israel’s humanitarian policy” towards the Gaza Strip referring to family visits or patients needing medical treatments for ill residents of the Hamas-run enclave in Israel, in order to advance terrorist purposes, the agency added.

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