JERUSALEM, Israel - All seven members of an Israeli Arab terror cell were indicted Monday on a string of charges that include murder, kidnapping, weapons manufacturing, arms trade, armed robbery and assault.
Three of the defendants - Ahmed Ali Ahmed, 21, Haider Zaidana, 26, and Raleb Ganayim, 22, were indicted for the murder of 54-year-ld Yefim Weinstein, who shot at point blank range in November 2009 after picking up one of the three in his taxicab. They said their plan was motivated by their Islamic faith to avenge the "killing of Arabs at the hands of Jews" by murdering a Jew.
Two of the three - Ahmed and Ganayim had traveled to Ethiopia en route to Somalia to train with jihadists there. They were arrested between Kenya and Somalia, extradited to Israel, and picked up by Shin Bet when they landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.
The seven defendants - ranging in age from 19 to 26 - admitted to their affiliation with al-Qaeda and their affinity for global jihad.
Under interrogation, the men said their Muslim ideology had been strengthened through online video clips posted by Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists.
They also confessed to planning to murder a Christian resident of Nazareth and videotape his decapitation for cursing "the prophet." Later they decided they would kidnap him instead and take him to the woods where they would bury him.
Their activities included torching tour busses carrying Christian pilgrims, knifings and robbery.