Shipment of knives and fireworks seized en route to eastern Jerusalem

Police display the shipment of knives, stun guns, and fireworks—disguised as Christmas decorations—that was on its way to eastern Jerusalem. Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson's Unit.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A massive shipment of weapons bound for the Beit Hanina neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem was intercepted by Israeli authorities on Thursday at the Ashdod port.

The recipients of the cargo, sent from China, claimed they were receiving a shipment of Christmas decorations—but an inspection of the containers revealed otherwise. Five residents of northern Israel were arrested in connection to the shipment, and two containers filled with pyrotechnic devices, fireworks, commando knives, swords, brass knuckles, spikes, and stun guns were confiscated.

Last week, three residents of northern Israel arrived in Ashdod with power of attorney documents to release the containers from customs. The three men arrived with two large moving trucks and took the containers to a warehouse in Afula, where they had intended to distribute their contents.

Jerusalem Police detectives intercepted the shipment before the contents could be unloaded and arrested the three men, the owner of the warehouse, and a warehouse employee.

In an attempt to cover up the weapons, the containers did have some Christmas decorations inside.

Posted on November 21, 2014 .