Israel Arrests Palestinians in Bush Assassination Plot
Six Arabs have been arrested in Israel for plotting to murder President Bush.
Israel today accused six Arabs of trying to set up an al-Qaeda cell within the country and said one of them had proposed attacking helicopters used during a visit by President Bush.
Israel’s Shin Bet counter-intelligence agency said that one of the suspects had used his mobile phone to film helicopters at a sports stadium in Jerusalem that was used as a landing site for Mr Bush’s delegation.
Two of the suspects are Arab Israelis and four are Palestinians from East Jerusalem.
The two Israeli citizens were named as Ibrahim Nashaf, from Taybeh, and Mohammed Nejam, from Nazareth. Both are students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr Nejam is suspected of having studied and photographed the helicopter landing area on the university campus with the view to an eventual attack on it, the spokesman said. Mr Bush landed there during his visit in January.
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