Security service arrests Palestinian terror cell planning Tel Aviv attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Shin Bet security service thwarted a Palestinian terror cell planning to carry out a suicide bombing attack in Tel Aviv.

Several Palestinian operatives were arrested during the months of October and November in connection with the planned attack, the Shin Bet announced in a statement on Monday.

Under the plan, a Palestinian woman from Jenin would disguise herself as a pregnant Jewish woman, get a medical permit to enter Israel, and wear the belt filed with explosives under her clothes, according to the Shin Bet.

The four other terrorists reportedly had been instructed on how to handle the explosives by an operative from Gaza.

They also had planned other terror attacks, according to Shin Bet.

Also Monday, Israel Police announced the arrest of eight Arabs from eastern Jerusalem for using Facebook as a tool to incite terrorist attacks against Jews.

The eight suspects arrested in a raid late Sunday night are affiliated with both the Hamas and Fatah organizations, according to police.

The suspects disseminated photos and videos on Facebook calling on people to attack Jews and Israeli security forces, according to police.