land day nasrallah 311.
(photo credit: AP)
Galilee Police arrested two Acre men in recent weeks on suspicion of
attempting to illegally buy firearms to use in disturbances between
Jews and Arabs in the city.
Police learned of alleged attempts by the suspects, Hassan Falah Hassan
Eid, 31, and Khaled Durgas Mustafa Kurdi, 26, to procure the arms from
two Haifa men arrested in March on suspicion of selling guns on the
Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested the suspected
arms dealers as part of an ongoing initiative to crack down on illegal
firearms possession in the Arab community.
“The two suspects from Acre planned to buy the guns to shoot at Jews in
the event of further riots between Jews and Arabs,” police said. “When
one of the two Haifa suspects understood the motive for the purchase,
he chose to refrain from selling them the guns,” police said.
During questioning, Hassan Eid told police he was “greatly influenced
by televised speeches by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Khaled
Kurdi said he was influenced by recent violent events in Jerusalem that
upset him as a religious Muslim,” Galilee police said.
Both men were indicted for attempting to purchase firearms and
conspiring to commit an offense, at the Haifa District Court on
A police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that approximately 1,200
illegal firearms have been seized by police in the Galilee in recent
Several investigations are under way into other firearms procurement conspiracies, police said.