Palestinian arrested for selling fake Israeli entry permits
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Palestinian arrested for selling fake Israeli entry permits

Investigation reportedly began 2 months ago, after several West Bank residents were caught with counterfeit documents

Israeli soldiers checking Palestinian IDs at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, July 1, 2016. (Flash90)
Israeli soldiers checking Palestinian IDs at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, July 1, 2016. (Flash90)

A Palestinian man was arrested overnight for producing and selling to fellow Palestinians counterfeit entry permits to Israel, the Israel Police said Sunday.

The man, a 31-year-old resident of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is said by police to have made NIS 2,000 ($540) a month from selling the doctored permits.

An investigation into the source of the counterfeit documents began two months ago, after a number of Palestinians were arrested while trying to use fake permits to enter Israel through army checkpoints in the Jerusalem area, Army Radio reported.

The suspect is also said to have briefed his customers on how to avoid arousing the suspicion of security forces while passing through checkpoints.

The man is expected to be indicted later Sunday, according to Army Radio.

Approximately 50,000-60,000 Palestinians are believed to enter Israel illegally each day in order to work, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot told Knesset lawmakers in August, a practice that has drawn widespread scrutiny following a shooting attack at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv last June, which was carried out by Palestinian cousins Muhammad and Khalid Muhamra of the southern West Bank town of Yatta after they sneaked into the country.

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