Jerusalem-area Arabs Accused of Selling Weapons to PA

Cleared for publication: Arab residents of Shuafat have been arrested on charges of selling weapons to Arabs in PA-controlled Judea and Samaria.

Hana Levi Julian ,

Weapons found during routine patrols
Weapons found during routine patrols
Israel News Photo: (archive)

The Jerusalem District Police have cleared for publication the news that a group of Jerusalem-area Arabs have been arrested on charges of trading and selling weapons to Palestinian Authority residents of Judea and Samaria.

The 13 suspects, who are residents of Shuafat, were arrested in a joint sting operation by the Israel Police and Border Police over the past several weeks. Each confessed to the charges against him.

The weapons that were recovered by the police were brought to a munitions laboratory to determine whether they had been fired.

IDF Approves 20 New PA Police Stations
Meanwhile the IDF approved on Monday the establishment of 20 new PA police stations in Judea and Samaria as part of the ongoing effort to ease restrictions on Arab life in the territories. Thus far, four police stations have been established in the areas around the PA-controlled Samarian cities of Kalkilya and Tulkarm.

The US-trained PA police force is tasked with maintaining law and order in Judea and Samaria, although the IDF remains in control of dealing with terrorism.  The police force operates only during daylight hours.

In addition to the increased number of police stations throughout the PA areas, 70 security roadblocks were removed by the IDF during the month of May, including the Sheep Junction in Judea where a number of Jews have been murdered by PA terrorists in the past.