Israel Arrests PA’s ‘Governor of Yerushalayim’

A view of Shiloach (Silwan), in eastern Yerushalayim. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Border Police overnight Motzoei Shabbos arrested Adnan Jit, the Palestinian Authority’s “governor of Yerushalayim.” Jit, according to media reports, was responsible for the arrest of Issam Akel, an Arab resident of the city who was nabbed for attempting to sell property to Jews. The penalty for selling land to Jews in the PA is death. Rightwing MKs have for weeks urged security officials to arrest Jit, whom they said is violating Israeli sovereignty in the city by illegally operating as an official of the PA in Yerushalayim. Forces entered the Arab neighborhood of Silwan Motzoei Shabbos and arrested him.

IDF soldiers Motzoei Shabbos seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in Arab villages in the Binyamin region. In a statement, the army said that such weapons were used in terror attacks as well as for criminal activity, and that security forces were determined to seize all weapons that were being held illegally by all people, in order to better protect all Israelis and residents of Palestinian Authority-controlled areas, who are also under threat by terrorists and criminals.

Also overnight, security officials said they arrested nine wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.