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Police prevent Jerusalem terror group rally, arrest 6

Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine planned show of force to mark release of member from prison

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

A marquee tent where the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine planned to hold an illegal rally supporting terror, February 21, 2017. (Police spokesperson)
A marquee tent where the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine planned to hold an illegal rally supporting terror, February 21, 2017. (Police spokesperson)

The Israel Police on Tuesday said it had prevented a violent parade by a terror group in an East Jerusalem neighborhood that was aimed at showing solidarity with terrorists.

Jerusalem District Commander Deputy Commissioner Yoram Halevi signed off on a order banning the event, organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in the Issawiya neighborhood.

Police, with the assistance of the Jerusalem municipality, entered Issawiya and dismantled a marquee tent where some of the activities were supposed to take place Tuesday and in the coming days, the statement said.

Six suspects, residents of Issawiya, were arrested for membership in a terror group, disturbing the peace, and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.

During searches on Tuesday, officers uncovered illegal weapons including an M-16 rifle, a Carl Gustav submachine gun, bullet magazines, commando knives, costumes, military uniforms, masks, Palestinian flags, sound equipment, banners and posters.

“Police will not allow the existence of any activities by terror groups in Israel,” the statement said. “They thwarted and prevented a violent and illegal show of force that was planned to include the use of illegal weapons inside Israeli territory and that was intended to encourage terrorists affiliated with the terror organization.”

After questioning, the suspects were to be brought before a court for an extension of their arrest.

Police said they had recently received information the DFLP planned to hold an event to mark the release from prison of a security prisoner, affiliated with the organization, at the end of a lengthy prison sentence. Police did not identify the DFLP member, noting only that he was scheduled to walk free on Tuesday.

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