Jerusalem, 10 September 2002

Lighters commemorating 9/11 attack seized en route to Gaza
(Communicated by Israel security sources)


 Lighters commemorating 9-11 attack seized en route to Gaza-Sept 10- 2002

 Lighters commemorating 9-11 attack seized en route to Gaza-Sept 10- 2002

Cigarette lighter showing plane striking the World Trade Center in New York

In the context of the monitoring process carried out by security forces in order to uncover the smuggling of arms and ammunition to the Palestinian Authority, cigarette lighters depicting the attack on the World Trade Center next to Osama Bin Laden, were found. The lighters were to be sold in Palestinian Authority areas.

In June 2002, the security forces carried out an inspection of crates that had arrived in the port of Ashdod. The crates were destined for the Palestinian Authority. In the course of the inspection of the containers – that were supposed to have contained toys – weapons, including pistols, were seized.

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, such as occurred in the Palestinian Authority in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. 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.