JERUSALEM, Israel -- Life can get complicated in Israel, especially when ordinary looking Arab youth are plotting together to kidnap and kill their ordinary Jewish neighbors.
Five Israeli Arabs, ranging in age from 20-25, laughed and joked Thursday as they were indicted on serious charges in Jerusalem District Court, YNet reported.
The charges include attempted kidnapping and murder, contact with a foreign agent, aiding the enemy at a time of war and possession of illegal weapons.
The indictment charges the five with contacting terror groups in the Gaza Strip and areas under Palestinian Authority control in the West Bank (biblical Judea and Samaria) for weapons and explosives training.
They're also accused of plotting to kill Jewish worshippers and attack an Israel Police station with grenades. They allegedly planned to kidnap a Jewish Israeli, steal his weapon and murder him with it.
According to the indictment, the five picked up a hitchhiker last month in G'vat Zeev in northern Jerusalem, but decided to let him go because he didn't have a weapon. They also aborted a plan to steal a weapon from a police officer before other officers eyed them.
The would-be terror cell carried out some practice drills at the Kalandiya checkpoint. They were also attempting to buy hand grenades and explosives to use with materials they purchased to make pipe bombs, according to the report.