- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2002

JERUSALEM (Agence France-Presse) An Israeli court yesterday indicted a member of a Jewish settler group from Hebron on charges of supplying explosives to an underground cell of Jewish extremists intent on carrying out a deadly attack on an Arab school.
Noam Federman, from the hard-line Jewish settlement in Hebron in the southern West Bank, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of involvement with four other settlers accused of planning to blow up an Arab girls school on the edge of annexed east Jerusalem.
In early April, police found a homemade bomb in the Abu Tor neighborhood near the Arab school, which media reports said was set to explode as the girls lined up for morning assembly.
Next to the school was a hospital, which also could have been a target.
In the indictment, the state prosecutor accused Mr. Federman of receiving explosives, bullets and other items to make bombs for use in anti-Arab attacks.
Mr. Federman received the material from Yarden Morag, 25, another settler implicated in the failed Jerusalem bombing, the indictment said.
Specifically, the charge sheet, which dates to May last year, said Mr. Federman had demanded the material for an attack on an Arab school in Hebron.
Although the indictment does not specifically refer to the foiled attack in Abu Tor, the prosecution believes the explosives held by Mr. Federman were to be used in the strike on the east Jerusalem school.
The state attorney requested that Mr. Federman remain in prison until the end of the court proceedings, arguing that "from the evidence, it appears that the explosive material the accused was holding and passing to others was to be used in a deadly attack, which was foiled by the police on April 29, 2002."
As Mr. Federman left the court in a heavily guarded police van, more than 30 of his supporters stood outside waving large placards bearing slogans such as "Persecute the murderous Arabs and not the victims" and "Noam the people are with you."
The state prosecutor is due to hand up indictments today to Mr. Morag and Shlomo Dvir, 27, both of whom were arrested
Ofer Gamliel, a third settler implicated in the bombing plot who was arrested a few days later, also was due to be indicted today, Israeli media reported.

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