Acre suspects 'influenced by Nasrallah'

Police say two men planned to purchase firearms to shoot at Jews.

April 8, 2010 14:01
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An Arab Israeli demonstrator displays a poster of

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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 black market.

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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 Thursday.

A police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that approximately 1,200 illegal firearms have been seized by police in the Galilee in recent months.

Several investigations are under way into other firearms procurement conspiracies, police said.

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