Arab Lawyers Forged, Sold Licenses

YERUSHALAYIM -
A police officer checks a driving license in Yerushalayim. (Uri Lenz/Flash90, File)

Police on Thursday said they had busted a forger ring that produced hundreds of drivers licenses for Arab in Yerushalayim. The suspects include the head of a legal practice and several attorneys. The licenses were supplied for a fee to individuals who had never taken a driving test, or who had failed the test. Each license netted the ring between NIS 30,000 and NIS 40,000. Altogether they made some NIS 4 million from the scam.

Overnight Wednesday, IDF soldiers seized weapons that were to be used in terror attacks. Soldiers, working with police, discovered weapons in a house in Chevron. Among the weapons was an M-5 rifle. The owner of the house was arrested and questioned on what the weapons were doing there.

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.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 11 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.