The police unit that deals with Jewish nationalist crimes – which are often referred to as “price tag” operations – arrested five Jews at around midnight, on suspicion of possessing weapons and conspiring to commit a crime.
The five were driving down the Tunnels Road that connects southern Jerusalem with the Etzion Bloc communities.
The group that was arrested includes three youths aged 16, and two 24-year-olds. Two of the 16-year-olds have received orders distancing them from Judea and Samaria, and one of the 24-year-olds was supposed to be under full house arrest.
The suspects are residents of Jerusalem, Betar Illit, Kiryat Arba and Samaria.
A search of the car yielded two spray cans, a tear gas canister, gloves, knives, clubs, metal bars, an axe, a slingshot, screwdrivers, flyers and a poster of Yasser Arafat.
They are to be brought before a Jerusalem Magistrates' Court judge for arraignment Monday.
Whereas Arab terrorism is widespread and often takes the form of murder, Jewish 'price tag' nationalist crime is much more rare and usually takes the form of lower-level criminal actions such as spray painting slogans. Some of the high profile 'price tag' cases turned out to have been provocations carried out by Arabs. Police have in the past had a hard time making most price tag accusations stick, and most arrests end up with the suspects being released shortly afterward.