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Palestinian women dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews caught sneaking into Israel

By Mason White 2:38 PM July 15, 2013
The two Arab women (Photo via B’Chadrei Charedim) 

By: Shifra Unger
Two Palestinian women of the West Bank were caught sneaking into Israel despite being dressed as ultra-Orthodox Jews, according to police reports in Israel.

Israel police said that two women disguised as observant Jews tried to infiltrate Israel through the Hizme checkpoint in Samaria Shomron, but a security officer caught them.

The Israeli Army and Border Police invest enormous efforts in protecting the borders between the Palestinian Authority in the areas of pre-1967 Israel.

However, Palestinians of the West Bank work hard to infiltrate the other side of the border, where the majority of the Jewish population of Israel reside.

In this case, a Gal Battalion officer searched the public bus #143 on the side of the road for a routine security check before allowing it through the Hizme checkpoint in Samaria.

As he walked toward the back of the bus, he noticed two women wearing hair coverings common with observant Jewish women. At least one woman was holding a Siddur, a Jewish prayer book.

However, the security officer said that both were acting strange, and they seemed more tense than usual. He also observed that one woman was holding her prayer book upside down.

After asking for their IDs, it became clear that the two were actually Arab residents of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Both women are about 30-years-old. They were taken off the bus and detained for questioning in order to rule out any connection to terrorist activities.