ATbar Terrorist Plots Against Jews and Israelis Abroad

Terrorist Plots Against Jews and Israelis Abroad

06/08/2013 | by Whine, Michael  

On 19 July 2012, Shasta Khan was found guilty of conspiring to bomb Jewish targets in Manchester. Her husband Mohammed Khan had pleaded guilty and therefore did not stand trial. The following day, both were sent to prison.

On 18 July 2012, a bus carrying Israeli tourists outside Burgas airport in Bulgaria was blown up, killing five Israelis and the Bulgarian bus driver. The official report of the Bulgarian authorities concluded that Hizbollah was behind the attack. The report stated that a Canadian and an Australian, who had been living in Lebanon and were members of Hizbollah, were responsible for the attack. According to the Bulgarian Interior Minister, “We have established that the two were members of the militant wing of Hizbollah.” The attack took place on the 18th anniversary of the bomb attack on the AMIA Jewish community centre.

On 28 March 2013, a Cypriot court sentenced Hossam Taleb Yaacoub to four years imprisonment for planning to attack Israeli citizens and for his membership of a criminal organization, namely Hizbollah. Yaacoub had been gathering intelligence on Israeli tourists, noting arrival times of flights arriving from Israel and the details of buses taking visitors to hotels.

These three incidents encapsulate the nature of the ongoing threat to Jewish communities and Israeli institutions abroad: both are targets, and the threat comes from different sources, with Iran and its surrogates, as well as al-Qaeda and its affiliates and sympathisers in the global jihad movement, presenting the major concerns.

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