Three Arabs arrested for 'agricultural terror'

Arabs from Judea, Negev steal sheep and vehicles from Jewish towns.

Contact Editor
Ido Ben Porat,

Flash 90

An indictment has been filed against three Arabs from Yeriho and Keseifa who are suspected of livestock thefts.

The three are being charged with stealing lambs from three towns in northern Israel: 36 from the town of Beit Yosef, and 122 from the towns of Alma and Rehov. They are also being charged with breaking into homes and stealing vehicles from the town of Prazon in northern Israel, and stealing a truck from the southern town of Kiryat Gat, and stealing calves from the central kibbutz of Hafetz Haim.

Earlier this month, Border Police were scrambled to the southern district, where the Arab thieves were preparing to steal a tractor from one of the local towns. The three suspects were arrested that night for stealing a tractor from the town of Pa'amei Tashaz.

Border Police officers returned the tractor to its owner.

On September 8, Border Police officers, both in uniform and undercover identified two trucks carrying stolen sheep. The trucks were improperly transporting 39 sheep which had been stolen earlier this week from the Arab village of Mu'awiya, located in Wadi Ara.

The suspects, Palestinian Arab residents of Barta'a and Yabed near Jenin, in their 20s and 50s, were taken in for questioning.

In July, a tractor stolen from the central town of Karmei Yosef was found near the Ramallah-area Arab town of Budrus. Initial investigations showed that the thieves attempted to breach the security fence while traveling towards Judea and Samaria, but were forced abandon their loot.