Illegal Weapons and the Arab Sector

Israel Police have confiscated thousands of illegal weapons this year, most from Israeli-Arab households

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Israeli Arabs
Photo: Israel Police

More than 4,000 illegal weapons have been confiscated in Israel over the last 10 months, the Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom reported, citing police officials.

About 3,600 of these weapons were found in the Arab sector. In other words, 90 percent of Israel’s illegal weapons and ammunition come from Arab-Israeli households.

Among the confiscated weapons are 526 pistols and 435 rifles, mostly of the assault-rifle variety.

Since the beginning of the year, approximately 3,350 Arabs have been arrested in Israel in connection with illegal possession of firearms, arms trafficking and smuggling and shootings.

Compared to last year, there is an increase of 21 percent in the total number of illegal weapons, but the relationship between the Arab and other sectors has not changed much.

Yesterday, a video that made headlines showed a one-year-old baby with a loaded gun. The baby’s father, a resident of the city Umm el-Fahm, was arrested. He claimed the weapon didn’t work. Later, however, it turned out that the gun had been stolen from a security officer in Tel Aviv.

The father was charged with theft and child-endangerment.

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