BBC mum on arrests of two Hamas terror cells

While repeatedly promoting the topic of ‘lone wolf’ attacks against Israelis and telling its audiences that “there’s no sign of involvement by militant groups” in the wave of terror attacks which began in October 2015, the BBC has ignored or played down the links of some of the attackers to established terror organisations. Concurrently, the corporation’s journalists have long ignored the issue of Hamas’ attempts to boost its terror infrastructure in Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem.BBC brick wall  

As noted here last month, a poll conducted in the UK suggests that what the BBC does not report about Hamas and other terror groups and their enablers is no less influential in shaping public opinion as the stories which are covered.

Last week the Israeli security services announced the arrests of Hamas operatives from PA controlled areas.

“Operatives from several Hamas cells from Tzurif and Hebron in the West Bank were arrested in a joint operation by the IDF, police and the Shin Bet in October after it was discovered that they were planning to carry out terrorist attacks, including shooting and kidnapping Israelis, the agency said. […]

The seven-man cell was focused on 58-year-old Ibrahim Abdallah Ghnimat, who is serving a life sentence in prison for his role in a deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv 20 years ago as well as in the abduction and murder of IDF soldier Sharon Adri in 1996. According to the Shin Bet, the cell, which also included three of Ranimat’s sons, Fadi Ibrahim Ranimat, Muhammad Ranimat and Shadi Ibrahim Ranimat (who headed the cell), was plotting to free Ranimat.

Security forces are also said to have arrested Rami Rajoub in Dura, near Hebron, for plotting attacks with Ranimat while in prison, Haitham Hamidan on suspicion of storing the cell’s weapons as well as J’ad Sultan, who is suspected of providing the arms.

As part of the investigation into the cell, Israeli security forces seized two AK-47s, three pistols, a hunting rifle, a long-barreled M-16, a short-barreled M-16, clips and ammunition.”

The next day, the arrest of members of another Hamas cell in Jerusalem was announced.

“A terror cell made up of East Jerusalem teenagers planning to carry out a shooting attack on an IDF base in the capital was arrested in recent days, the Shin Bet security service announced Friday.

The group, which allegedly included members of the Hamas terrorist organization, was made up of eight Arab Israeli residents of the Tsur Baher and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, the Shin Bet said.”

As usual, the BBC’s Jerusalem bureau has chosen not to cover these latest two cases of Hamas terror activity in Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem, meaning that the corporation’s funding public remains under informed on this particular issue.

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