Shin Bet Arrests Eight Israeli Arabs for Illicit Arms Trading

The investigation into this case last month led police to arrest suspects in murder of Nazareth taxi driver Yafim Weinstein.

The Shin Bet and Israel Police last month arrested eight Israeli Arabs suspected of illicit arms trading, a gag order lifted on Thursday revealed.

The eight suspects, aged 18-33, were charged Thursday at the Nazareth District Court with transporting, possessing and obtaining the weapons. They were also charged with attempting to created explosives and of obstructing legal proceedings.

The probe into this case led Shin Bet investigators to track down three suspects in the November 2009 murder of taxi driver Yafim Weinstein.

The three men - Ahmed Ahmed (21 ), Ghaleb Ranim (26 ) and Haider Ziadna (22 ) – were charged in June along with four other Nazareth men, who were also accused of establishing a terror cell inspired by global jihad.

Ahmed was charged with murdering Weinstein, Ranim and Ziadna were charged as accomplices, and the other four were indicted for violence against Jews and Christians, among other charges.

According to the indictment, the members of the cell watched Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden's speeches online and sought to join the fight against Jewish and Christian "infidels."

The cell was discovered about two months ago, after Ahmed and Ranim traveled to Somalia to train at an Al-Qaida camp. The pair flew from Israel to Adis Ababa, Ethiopia and from there to Kenya, where they were arrested and deported back to Israel. On their return they were interrogated by the Shin Bet security service and the police, with their testimonies indicating involvement in Weinstein's murder.

Men accused of killing taxi driver
Gil Eliyahu