Acre suspects 'influenced by Nasrallah'

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

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