October 14, 2005.
Israeli security personnel revealed that Arab terrorists, including a high ranking
PA intelligence officer, threatened to kill a 14-year-old boy if he did not carry
out a suicide bombing.
The IDF announced on Wednesday afternoon, before the Yom Kippur
holiday began, that soldiers and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet)
questioned the boy on Monday after several Arab terrorists were arrested in the
Wanted Tanzim terrorist Rabi’ah Abu Alil originally tried to employ the boy as a
suicide bomber after he and his father quarreled over money. The boy refused,
and was taken to an apartment by Abu Alil and another wanted Arab terrorist,
Jamal Tirawi. Tirawi is also a high ranking Palestinian Authority (PA) intelligence
officer, the IDF said.
“Despite the youth’s pleas that he be released to his home and left alone,
Tirawi and Abu Alil threatened him that if he did not cooperate, they would kill
him and distribute a communique claiming he had been collaborating with the
Israeli army,” the IDF announcement stated. Terrorists photographed the boy
wearing a vest and holding a rifle and a copy of the Koran.
The terrorists finally released the youth without harming him. The Associated
Press reported that Tirawai responded to the charges by saying that “the
Israelis are liars.”
“This is not an isolated case,” an IDF spokesman said. “Since the beginning of
2005, the number of minors who have been drafted by the different
organizations to carry out terror attacks and attacks against Israeli military
targets has risen dramatically.”