Diamond Smuggler Nabbed at Ben-Gurion Airport


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arrestA Jerusalem resident returning home on a flight from Italy was arrested at Ben-Gurion International Airport trying to smuggle diamonds. One package was wrapped in toilet paper, placed in his coat and a second in his handbag, wrapped in tape.

The 43-year-old man entered via the Green Line but customs inspectors were suspicious. They stopped him for inspection and found he was carrying 13 diamonds valued at $75,000 in addition to €19,000 and $3,700. He told police he is a diamond merchant in Italy. He is not registered as a diamond dealer in Israel and was informed only registered diamond merchants are permitted to bring diamonds into Israel.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. ‘the gold standard’, what becomes of diamond/gold value when atomic technology can produce tons per day from soil? Does it become completely worthless overnight?
    I think my cash has already become worthless… for other reasons.