Israeli police announced Tuesday that a Texas man has been arrested on suspicion of preparing for attacks on Muslim holy sites.
The arrest comes amid rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians over access to the Al-Aqsa mosque complex; Al-Aqsa, which shares the Temple Mount with the Dome of the Rock, is the third holiest site in Islam. Currently, the mosque is located in an Israeli-occupied area of Jerusalem.
A press release noted that “Shin Bet (internal security) and police arrested an American citizen on November 19 who was illegally in Israel, for possession of weapons and planning terrorist attacks,” and that “the suspect admitted during questioning to having suggested committing attacks on Muslim holy sites in Israel.” It added that “weapons stolen from the Israeli army were found in his home”.
The man was identified as Adam Everest Livix in a press release, and is a Christian Texan born in 1984. He’s been charged with possession of weapons and being in the country illegally; police say that he was wanted in the United States on a drug-related matter. His arrest was made in collaboration with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the Lahore Times, an Indian paper, he was arrested in Netanya, and must undergo a psychiatric examination at the request of his court-appointed lawyer.
The indictment also noted that he would’ve passed for a former member of the United States Army, and has publicly expressed anti-Arab racist ideas.
According to the Israelis, Adam moved to Israel illegally a half-year ago, and he’d lived in the Palestinian territories in 2013.