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Yafim (or Yefim) Weinstein was a 54-year-old Israeli man murdered in 2009 by Islamist militants.


Weinstein, a resident of Nazareth Illit, was a cab driver. He was murdered while delivering pizza in a terrorist incident by Islamist militants who identified with Al Qaida.[1][2][3][4]


Eight suspects were arrested in Nazareth in 2010 in a combined operation by the police and the national security services that uncovered a "cell" inspired by Al Qaida and the recorded speeches of Osama bin Laden to illegally acquire arms and launch violent attacks on Jews and Christians.[5][6]

Arrests and convictionsEdit

In 2010, Ahmed Ahmed (21), was arrested for on charges of murder. Ghaleb Ranim (26) and Haider Ziadna (22) were arrested and charged as accomplices to murder. All three were from Nazareth. The three were apprehended as part of a group, or "cell", of 7 men discovered wen Ahmed and Ranim traveled to Somalia with the goal of training at an Al-Qaida camp.[7][8] Ahmed and Ranim had flown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and then to Kenya, where they were arrested and deported to Israel. When asked at his indictment whether he was motivated by hatred for Christians and Jews, Ahmed responded, "Long live Osama Bin Ladin".[9]

The group was influenced by the imam of Nazareth's Shihab a-Din mosque, Abu Salim, convicted support for the terror organization Al Qaida, and of inciting to violence and terrorism and violence.[10][Institute for National Security Studies 1][11] Raleb Ganaem, Haidar Zidana, and Ali Ahmed Ali were convicted of murder and sentenced to prison; Ali was sentenced to life in jail.[9] Ganaem and another defendant were convicted of abducting and robbing a pizza delivery man in an act "connected to his being Jewish." They ordered a pizza from a pizzeria in Upper Nazareth, waited in ambush for the delivery man and then stabbed, abducted and robbed him. They left him bound and bleeding.[9]


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  2. ^ "Barak outlaws Nazareth group with links to al-Qaida",, 26 July 2011.
  3. ^ Katz, Yaakov (26 July 2011). "Barak outlaws Nazareth group with links to al-Qaida". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  4. ^ Miskin, Maayana. "Nazareth Imam Convicted of Inciting Terror; An influential Nazareth imam has been convicted of inciting to terrorism, and founding a Salafist group with Al-Qaeda ideology". Israel National News. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Shin Bet arrests eight Israeli Arabs for illicit arms trading; The investigation into this case last month led police to arrest suspects in murder of Nazareth taxi driver Yafim Weinstein, Eli Ashkenazi",, 15 July 2010.
  6. ^ Azriel, Guy (28 June 2010). "7 Nazareth residents indicted for attacks against Jews, Christians". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. ^ Shay, Shaul (2014). Somalia in Transition since 2006. Transaction. ISBN 1412854385.
  8. ^ "Israel arrests seven with al-Qaida ties". UPI. 29 June 2010.
  9. ^ a b c "Nazareth Arabs Convicted of Jewish Cabbie's Murder",, 29 November 2012.
  10. ^ "Nazareth Imam Convicted of Inciting Terror,, April 2012; accessed 20 November 2014.
  11. ^ CBN. "Israeli Arab Terror Cell Busted". Christian Broadcasting Network. Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 8 September 2014.


  1. ^ Schweitzer, Yoram (9 December 2013). "Is Salafist Jihadism Making Inroads into the Israeli-Palestinian Arena?". Insight. 494. Retrieved 8 September 2014.