Some 250 Palestinian Tourists Conned Into Illegal Trip to Eilat, Sent Back to West Bank

Travel agency in East Jerusalem apparently lied to tourists about having proper documentation to enter Israel and passed them off as employees of a large Israeli company; Eilat police held the tourists in their hotels until they were escorted back to the West Bank.

Some 250 Palestinians arrived in Eilat for a vacation on Thursday without proper permits and were sent back to the West Bank by Israeli police on Friday. They apparently fell victim to a scam by an East Jerusalem travel agency, which claimed it secured the proper documenation for their vacation, and passed them off as employees of a large Israeli firm.