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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 9/21/2005 10:22:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 10:23:30 AM EDT by chapperjoe]
Cause they are dumb as all hell.

Police arrest alleged hijacker at Ben Gurion International Airport
By Jonathan Lis

Police and Shin Bet arrested Wednesday an Israeli Arab man who allegedly tried to hijack an El Al flight from Israel to Turkey three years ago.

The man, Taufik Fukrah, 27, of the village of Baina in the Galilee, was nabbed by police upon arrival at Ben Gurion from Turkey, where he was recently released from prison after a Turkish court decided that there was not enough evidence against put him on trial.

Fukrah boarded an Istanbul-bound flight at Ben Gurion Airport in November 2002, at the height of the second Intifada.

During the flight, a scuffle developed between Fukrah and a stewardess and Fukrah was immediately overpowered by an on board security guard travelling undercover. He was found with a pocket knife in his possession.

Upon arrival in Istanbul, Fukrah was handed over to Turkish custody.

During his interrogation, he told Turkish police that he intended to hijack the plane, turn it back on its track and crash it into a high-rise building in Tel Aviv.

However, he later retracted this statement, saying that it was forcibly taken from him. "I told them what they wanted to hear," Fukrah said.

At the time, the incident received massive media coverage by the Israeli press. Television and Radio broadcasts were interrupted as news bulletins reported the dramatic developments.

A short time later Shin Bet representatives lost interest in the case, Fukrah?s lawyer said, which in his opinion was a sign that the whole incident had been nothing more than a big misunderstanding.

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