A Hamas Rally (AFP)
“Israel said on Monday it had arrested a Palestinian with Canadian citizenship on suspicion he planned to carry out attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets in North America on behalf of the Islamic militant group Hamas.” This from Reuters.
“A statement by the Shin Bet security agency said Jamal Akal, 23, was arrested in November while leaving the Gaza Strip, where he had visited his birthplace in the Nuseirat refugee camp.
“‘During (Akal’s) interrogation, it arose that during his visit he was trained by Hamas in order to assassinate a senior Israeli official in the U.S. and to attack members of the U.S. and Canadian Jewish communities,’ the Shin Bet statement said.
“It did not name the senior Israeli official but said Akal had been instructed to select Jewish targets in the United States or Canada that he would target using a locally bought rifle or homemade bombs.”