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ISA Press Release: Six Ghajar Residents Indicted for Smuggling

Thursday, October 6, 2016 21:09
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ISA Press Release: Six Ghajar Residents Indicted for Smuggling Explosives
and Assisting Hezbollah
(Communicated by the ISA)

The following has been cleared for publication:

In the framework of a combined ISA, Israel Police and IDF operation, several
residents of Ghajar, were arrested last month on suspicion of involvement in
smuggling the explosives that were discovered south of Metula on 30 July
2016.

It will be recalled that in recent years the security services have dealt
with several cases in the context of which links were discovered between
routes for smuggling drugs from Lebanon into Israel and routes for the
infiltration of war materiel. For example, in 2012, 20 kilograms of C4 were
discovered, which led to a wave of arrests of Israeli Arabs from the
Nazareth area and of several residents of Ghajar for involvement in the
affair.

Drugs trafficking in southern Lebanon is controlled and managed by Hezbollah
which is constant in its efforts to smuggle war materiel along the drug
smuggling routes and with the involvement of Israeli drugs traffickers. In
the matter at hand, the event was foiled and all those involved were
arrested.

From the investigation of the detainees as well as from information gathered
about the operation, it was learned that several activists from Ghajar, led
by Diab Sa’ad Jamil Kahamuz, were in contact with Hezbollah operatives and,
at the behest of the latter, carried out smuggling into Israel over the
Lebanese border fence as well as additional intelligence-gathering activity
deeper inside Israel.

Diab Kahamuz was arrested on 4 September 2016. During his investigation, it
was learned that he had been in contact, in 2016, with his father, Sa’ad
Kahamuz, a drugs trafficker from Ghajar who fled to Lebanon in October 2006
and is known for assisting Hezbollah activities. The central nature of the
elder Kahamuz in the affair stems from his being an intermediary between
Hezbollah operatives and his family in Ghajar, headed by his son Diab.

Sa’ad Kahamuz liaised between Diab and Hezbollah operatives; communication
was by means of – inter alia – encrypted emails. In May 2016, Diab received
two explosive charges from Hezbollah, which he hid in an orchard south of
Metula. As noted above, these charges were discovered on 30 July 2016.

Diab was asked by Hezbollah to carry out an attack at a site – to be chosen
by him – in Haifa. Diab also considered the possibility of carrying out an
attack at a factory in Nesher. He co-opted his brothers Yusuf and Jamil and
planned to use the latter in carrying out the attack. Diab agreed to carry
out the attack; however, Hezbollah provided him with an alternative site –
the bus stop at the entrance to the village of Tur’an, which is frequented
by many soldiers especially on Sundays. Diab collected intelligence about
the site and conveyed the information to Hezbollah.

In August 2016 Diab was to have carried out an additional smuggling
operation at the behest of his Hezbollah handlers. During his investigation,
it was learned that additional parties were involved in his activities,
namely his brothers Yusuf Sa’ad Jamil Kahamuz and Jamil Sa’ad Jamil Kahamuz.

The following residents of Ghajar were also arrested last month on suspicion
of involvement in Diab’s activities with Hezbollah:

- Adal Ahmed Hassan Ayunat was arrested on 4 September. During his
investigation it was learned that he had been aware of Diab Kahamuz’s
contacts with Hezbollah and that he had accepted an offer from him to assist
him in his contacts and vis-à-vis drug smuggling. It was also learned that
in 2007, he had smuggled night vision equipment to Hezbollah operatives.

- Mohssan Muhammad Jamil Kahamuz was arrested on 4 September. He assisted
Diab Kahamuz – inter alia – in purchasing a computer for contacting
Hezbollah and in passing messages to Hezbollah via encrypted email. He also
helped him to twice look for the bag with the explosives that had been
hidden in the orchard near Metula in July 2016. He was also involved in drug
smuggling along with Diab Kahamuz and others.

- Mandouh Karim Munif Ibrahim was arrested on 12 September. During his
investigation it was learned that he had assisted Diab Kahamuz – on several
occasions – in passing messages to Hezbollah via encrypted email. He was
also involved in drug smuggling along with Diab Kahamuz and others.

- Yusuf Sa’ad Jamil Kahamuz was arrested on 18 September. During his
investigation it was learned that he was fully cognizant of his brother
Diab’s contacts with Hezbollah and had assisted him in carrying out
activities at the behest of the organization. For example, he went with him
to gather information about the Tur’an bus stop, had gone out of Ghajar with
him in order to send and receive encrypted messages to/from Hezbollah, and
had assisted him in receiving the explosives from Hezbollah. After Diab’s
arrest, Yusuf burned the two computers that the former had used for contacts
with Hezbollah.

- Jamil Sa’ad Jamil Kahamuz was arrested on 20 September. It was learned
that he had acted as Diab’s main assistant regarding his Hezbollah
activities and had been fully cognizant of them. It was also learned that he
had assisted Diab on several occasions in passing information to Hezbollah
including photographs and video clips taken at Tur’an junction. On several
occasions he also drove Diab to the smuggling points including in May 2016
to collect the explosives. He also helped his brother Yusuf to destroy the
aforesaid computers to prevent them from being seized by the security
forces.

The State Attorney’s Office (Northern District) today (Thursday, 6 October
2016), filed severe indictments against all those involved in the affair.

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