The Jerusalem Police Department last week seized two large shipping containers marked as carrying Christmas ornaments to Arab Christian residents of the capital, but which were also transporting a large number of “cold weapons.”
The containers arrived in Israel from a supplier in China over two weeks ago. The buyers form the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina went to retrieve the shipment, but not before raising the suspicions of customs officers at the port.
Days later, police raided the warehouse where the containers had been taken. They did indeed find Christmas ornaments, but under those were hidden 18,000 fireworks, 5,200 commando knives, 4,300 flashlights concealing an electric shocker, 5,500 regular electric shockers, and 1,000 samurai swords.
All of this was en route to the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem, where violent riots have become a daily occurrence, and have of late escalated into deadly attacks against the city’s Jewish residents.
The operation was launched specifically to stop the shipment fireworks, which have been used with increasing frequency to attack police officers, synagogue and other Jewish targets.
Watch the Jerusalem Police video of officers unpacking the containers: