Jerusalem police announced Tuesday that they uncovered a massive weapons cache
last month hidden inside a vegetable market in east Jerusalem.
arrested five Israeli Arabs from east Jerusalem and three Palestinians from the
Hebron area over the past month. Two brothers from the east Jerusalem
neighborhood of Silwan, the central suspects, were indicted over the weekend in
the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court and will be in detention until the end of legal
National police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police and
the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are still investigating whether the
weapons cache was designated for carrying out terror attacks or for criminal
activity unconnected to nationalistic motives.
On August 8, police raided
a vegetable market on Sultan Suleiman Street, in the economic heart of east
Jerusalem, after receiving intelligence that the building was housing a large
amount of weapons.
Police discovered multiple explosives, hand grenades,
different kinds of pistols and bullets.
The room was hidden behind a
vegetable market and had photos of different martyrs on the walls as well as
Hamas flags, head gear to hide their faces, stolen berets from the border police
and NIS 250,000. Police also discovered a weapons silencer, something that
Rosenfeld said illustrates the fact that the people involved in obtaining the
weapons are very advanced and organized.
“This is a quality stash of
different types of weapons,” said Rosenfeld. “Silencers you don’t find every
day. They were much more focused and on a higher level. The fact that it was
hidden inside a grocery store, that it was clearly being hidden, that’s also