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Israeli Arab Posed as Religious Jewish Woman to Smuggle Palestinians

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Israeli Arab Palestinian smuggler Photo: Israel Police

Israeli Arab Palestinian smuggler. Photo: Israel Police.

An Israeli Arab woman smuggling Palestinian workers from the West Bank masqueraded as an observant Jew in order to elude inspection of her vehicle, Israeli Police said Monday.

Going on a tip, police stationed at border crossings between Israel and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) were, in recent days, on the lookout for potential human smugglers trying to evade inspection of their vehicles’ contents, NRG News reported.

On Sunday, inspectors nabbed the 20-year-old resident of the central Israeli village of Taibe, adjacent to the Green Line separating Israel proper from the disputed territories, as she tried to bring five Palestinian workers into Israel, illegally, hidden in her trunk, via the Rantis crossing.

Police said that, along with her traditional dress, which including covering her hair in a Jewish style, a long skirt and covered sleeves, her vehicle also sported a photo of a baby – presumably hers – with the caption “WIZO kindergarten,” a national network of social welfare centers.

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Foiled attempt to smuggle Palestinians into Israel Photo: Israel Police

Foiled attempt to smuggle Palestinians into Israel. Photo: Israel Police.

However, despite her convincing disguise, glaring spelling mistakes in the photo’s caption may have been what gave her away to the alert border agents.

In another recent border incident, on July 27th, a quick-thinking Border Police officer averted a suicide car bombing, when he dove head-first through the window of the vehicle to wrest control, as it attempted to burst through a checkpoint south of Jerusalem.

There have been numerous similar attempts to smuggle in bombs and illegal Palestinian terrorists or workers at a number of such crossing points in recent months.

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