Islamic Jihad and “Soul of Jerusalem” Associated Militants Arrested in Northern West Bank

Overnight, 12 Palestinian Islamic Jihad-associated militants were arrested in a joint IDF-ISA activity taking place in the Jenin area. The activity was coordinated with the Civil Administration.

The suspects are senior activists in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Judea and Samaria Region and are suspected of providing guidance in planning terror activities as well as transferring finances and taking an active part in the rebuilding of terror networks in the region.

In addition, GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi, ordered to close the offices of the “El Bara’a” Association in Jenin and its possessions were confiscated. These actions took place due to its associations with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Gaza-based organization “The Soul of Jerusalem” (also known as the Foundation of the Spirit of Jerusalem for the Prisoners and Martyrs) , both of which were declared illegal organizations as they operate constantly in order to harm the security of Israel’s citizens and security forces.

Update: Below is a translation of the confiscation notice issued and signed by GOC Central Command, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi.

Notice of Confiscation and Closing

As commander of IDF operations in the area, in accordance with my authority as granted in IDF Regulations 84, 120, and 129 (Emergency Measures -1945): whereas it is reasonable that this matter be sought in the name of securing the area, its IDF troops, and the maintenance of its law and order; and owing to the need to combat every terrorist infrastructure, its parts, components, organizations bodies, I hereby instruct the total confiscation of all assets belonging to the El Bara’a Association in Jenin including the real property known as “Offices of El Bara’a Association in Jenin” as designated in the map attached to this Notice and which constitutes an integral part and any equipment found therein. Ownership will be transferred to IDF forces immediately.

The aforementioned location will be closed from the day this notice is delivered, for a period of two (2) years.

Whosoever has an interest to contest this Notice may appeal to me, via fax, through the Judicial Advisory Office of the Judea and Samaria area within 14 days from the day of this notice’s delivery: (02) 9977326.

Reasoning Behind Notice:

Illegal operations, on behalf of the El Bara’a Association have been and continue to be committed at the aforementioned site. The Association maintains contact with Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, contact that has been declared impermissible. It is our concern that the future activities of the Association on this site will continue to damage the security of the area, its troops, and the maintenance of law and order.

The holders of this property are bound to refrain of operating on the premises, and to see that it remain closed during a period of two (2) years from delivery of this Notice.

This Notice is in full effect from the day of its delivery.

Gen. Avi Mizrahi,

May 29, 2011