Alleged Israeli lover of terrorist arrested

jerusalem | Israel police and the Shin Bet on Monday, Aug. 9, arrested Tali Fahima, 28, an Israeli Jew, for allegedly aiding Palestinian terror organizations and planning terror attacks in Israel.

Fahima, a known left-wing activist and the reported lover of al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades leader in Jenin, Zakaria Zubeidi, is suspected of involvement in planning terror attacks against fellow Israelis in addition to maintaining contact with Palestinian terrorists.

Fahima, whose remand was extended by an additional nine days, is also charged with violating an Israel Defense Forces order not to enter Palestinian-controlled areas. Police, who have been collecting evidence against Fahima since she was arrested in May on similar charges, apprehended her Monday at the Einav checkpoint together with two Arabs — one an Israeli citizen from Jaffa and the other a taxi driver from Jenin who was supposed to pick her up and drive her into the territories. Both Arabs were released shortly after interrogation.

Fahima’s lawyer, Smadar Ben-Natan, said that the police thoroughly investigated her client regarding her connections with Palestinians, but that in the end the charges will prove to be baseless.

“The allegations this time will also turn out to be nothing,” Ben-Natan said. “If they had intelligence on her then they could have picked her up in Tel Aviv and there was no reason to wait for her to enter the territories.”

During the court hearing at the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court, a police representative said security services summoned Fahima for a “clarification talk” a week ago but that she refused to cooperate.

“She is suspected of involvement in planning a terror attack within Israel,” the police representative told the court, adding that the judge was presented with classified information regarding the allegations against Fahima.

Zubeidi, who Fahima says “is a kindhearted person whom I was lucky to meet,” is wanted for involvement in a number of terrorist attacks in the Samaria region. In May, Fahima made headlines after she announced on television that she had traveled to Jenin to “serve as a human shield” for Zubeidi and other Palestinian fugitives.

In an interview with The Jerusalem Post in June following her first arrest, Fahima said that she believes suicide bombers are freedom fighters.

“Zubeidi is not a terrorist, rather he is fighting against the occupation. Suicide bombers are also fighting the occupation. Put yourself in their place and see what happens. They are denied basic rights and freedom,” she said.