Kiryat Arba terrorist belonged to Hamas

Hamas has acknowledged that one of its members was involved in a car attack on Monday.

Qassem Ouda Jabar, a 31-year-old man from Hevron, joined the group in 2004. He was arrested in 2006 and spent three and a half years in prison for being part of a terror organization.

It is not known whether Jabar was acting on orders or his own initiative when he and two others drove two cars into a bus stop in Kiryat Arba on Monday. The second car struck less than 20 minutes after the first. Three IDF soldiers were wounded, and all three terrorists killed at the scene.

If other Hamas members were involved, it could signal a change from lone-wolf style attacks to organized and, potentially, more complex and deadly attacks.

This is the first time Hamas has admitted to being involved in a non-rocket attack since the ongoing wave of terror began. The terror group has, however, fired rockets from Gaza on several occasions. The latest was only this past Friday.

While Hamas controls Gaza, its organized activities in Judea and Samaria are limited.

Many – though by no means all – of the terrorists responsible for the wave of "lone wolf" stabbing, shooting and car ramming attacks have been affiliated with terrorist groups such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and others. However, attackers have tended to act independently from an organizational perspective – although organized incitement campaigns by Hamas and others play a key role in feeding the violence.

Several more organized terrorist murders have however been claimed by Hamas, including the murder of Rabbi Eitam and Dalia Henkin.


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