PA intelligence chief implicated in terrorism
Information gleaned from terrorists who were arrested and documents confiscated by the IDF during Operation Defensive Shield indicate that Palestinian Authority West Bank General Intelligence chief Tawfik Tirawi assisted in recruiting, arming, and dispatching terrorists to perpetrate attacks in Israel.
Lists of names of potential suicide bombers that Israel handed over to Tirawi, demanding they be arrested by the PA, were instead used by Tirawi to warn the terrorists to evade arrest.
A senior Fatah operative captured by soldiers in the Jenin refugee camp, Abed al-Karim Awiss, admitted during questioning that Tirawi recently gave him the names of 10 potential suicide bombers Israel had asked him to arrest.
The IDF said members of Palestinian security organizations arrested during the operation have admitted to being members of terrorist organizations and carrying out attacks against Israelis.