In the context of the monitoring process carried out by security forces to uncover the smuggling of arms and ammunition to the Palestinian Authority, Israeli security forces carried out an inspection of crates destined for the PA that had arrived in the port of Ashdod in June 2002. The containers - that were supposed to have contained toys - instead were filled with weapons.
Also found were lighters depicting the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center of September 11, along with an image of Osama Bin Laden. The lighters were intended for a Palestinian dealer in Khan Yunis, in the Gaza Strip.The planned distribution of these lighters in the Palestinian Authority was designed to be yet another expression of support for the terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda organization.
Last year's expression of support included the distribution of sweets in the streets of the Palestinian Authority after the attacks, as well as mass celebrations in which shots were fired in the air as a mark of joy. Adults and children were seen waving pictures of bin Laden in Palestinian streets. In addition, leaflets were distributed in the Palestinian Authority emphasizing the importance of jihad and calling on Muslims to stand up and take pride in their victory over the United States.
Sources: Israeli Government Press Office, (September 10, 2002)