Bedouin Man Claims Innocence on Charge of Deliberately Sheltering Tel Aviv Shooters

A Tel Aviv shooting took place on June 8. (Photo: via Ma'an)

A Palestinian Bedouin man was charged on Thursday with sheltering the alleged perpetrators of the shooting attack in a Tel Aviv market that left four Israelis dead on June 8.

Abdelhadi Abu Afash, 49, a resident of the Bedouin town of Shaqib al-Salam in the Negev in southern Israel was accused of “unlawfully sheltering illegals under aggravated circumstances,” when he allegedly allowed cousins, Muhammad and Khalid Makhamreh, to “stay in his storeroom” for two hours before they traveled to Tel Aviv, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

The two Palestinian residents of Hebron were suspected of carrying out the shooting in Tel Aviv.

Though Abu Afash was reportedly aware that the two were inside Israel without proper permits, he said he was unaware of any plans that the two had of carrying out any sort of attack.

In addition to the current charges brought against Abu Afash, the indictment included that from 2015-2016, he supposedly used the storeroom next to his home to house people who had entered Israel without the required permits, and that he charged 200 shekels a month for letting someone stay there.

According to Haaretz, after he was interrogated, Abu Afash reportedly confirmed that the storeroom belonged to him, but claimed that it has been kept locked and that no one was living in it.

(MA’AN, PC)

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