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Terrorist Cell Was All in the Family

September 27, 1972
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A Bedouin mother and her five children were remanded to Acre prison for 15 days today while police gathered evidence indicating that the family constituted a terrorist cell bent on sabotage against the civilian population. The family, whose names were not disclosed, belongs to the Arab el Aramsheh Bedouins, a tribe that tents near the Lebanese border.

Police said they discovered a large quantity of detonators, explosives, arms and activating devices as well as a large sum of foreign and Israeli currency in the family’s living quarters. They said the cell was headed by two brothers, aided by two sisters and a younger brother who apparently operated with the knowledge and approval of their 50-year-old mother. There was no mention of a father.

A police spokesman said the cell was organized to carry out acts of sabotage in the northern district of Israel and was supplied with cash and other support by terrorist agents from across the border.

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