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Police arrest 16 Hamas members after sparking attacks on the Temple Mount

By Mason White 5:52 PM January 29, 2014
Temple Mount 

By: Anika Rao
Sixteen Hamas terrorists were arrested after they allegedly incited violence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel’s Shin Bet (National Security Agency) said.

All sixteen suspects are residents of an East Jerusalem neighborhood.

The suspects ran an educational program that masked Hamas activity. Their mission was to incite violence in Jerusalem, especially during Jewish holidays.

The suspects believed that by increasing attacks on the Temple Mount, Jews will become less inclined to visit the area.

The Shin Bet discovered a video in which the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, said he supports funding the educational group of the suspects.

Several suspects have already served jail sentences in Israeli prisons for being affiliated with Hamas. One of the suspects has been released from prison about a year ago.

He allegedly transferred money from the Gaza Strip to Jerusalem, in order to support the educational program of the group.