Israeli Arabs Nabbed Supplying Guns and Explosives to Terrorists

Approximately two dozen Israeli Arabs from the Wadi Ara region were arrested for dealing in guns and ammunition with PA terrorists.

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Approximately two dozen Israeli Arabs from the Wadi Ara region were arrested for dealing in guns and ammunition with PA terrorists.

It was released for publication that six of those arrested in the recent joint police and Shabak (General Security Service) operation were indicted Sunday.

The central figure in the arms dealing group is Hamza Masri, 24, from Kafr Kara. He is accused of trafficking in weapons and munitions with Shahar Hanina, 41, who heads Fatah’s Al-Aksa Brigades terrorist group in PA-controlled Kalkilya. 

In 2005, Masri allegedly supplied Hanina with a handgun and 15 kg of a potassium-based chemical used in manufacturing explosives. Masri was fully aware of the intended use of the chemicals, according to the indictment.

Masri was arrested in 2005 and warned about his ties with Hanina.  He was released later that same year, at which point Masri continued dealing with Hanina. In the course of that dealing, Masri purchased tens of thousands of dollars' worth of weapons and munitions for Hanina, including an M-16 assault rifle, a hunting rifle and a laser sight for the M-16.

Many of the weapons and bomb-making materials that make their way to PA terrorist groups are procured and transported by Israeli-Arabs, who enjoy freedom of movement throughout Judea, Samaria and Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

The attempted terrorist attack at Yeshivat Mekor Chayim in Kfar Etzion last Thursday was carried out by two terrorists who had just been released from prison after attempting to steal guns from an IDF base.



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