Thousands of commando-style knives, swords, fireworks and small devices capable of delivering an electric shock were found hidden in two shipping containers supposedly loaded with Christmas decorations, the Israeli police and customs authority said Thursday.

The shipment came from China this month and was destined for East Jerusalem, where tensions are heightened amid a dispute over a holy site in the Old City.

The police said they had arrested five Arab citizens of Israel in connection with the case. […]