According to a ‘Chadrei Chadarim’ report, customs officials in Ben-Gurion International Airport are targeting Chareidi travelers, pulling them over to the side upon their arrival for a thorough inspection.
An unnamed “customs’ source” quoted in the report stated that travelers with a chareidi appearance are being selected by customs agents in an apparent operation to single them out among other travelers. The source is quoted as explaining the operation is intended to apprehend people carrying illegal funds into the country.
It appears that officials do not have concrete information regarding a specific traveler or flight and as a result, are singling out those exhibiting a chareidi appearance.
One kollel student told of his experience, arriving on a morning flight. While waiting for his luggage, two males in plain clothes instructed him to accompany them to a corner, then bluntly telling him to show them all the money he is carrying. The student complied, showing them a number of euro bills and a few hundred new Israeli shekels. They did not appear too convinced, but they released him.
It should be noted that anyone carrying cash exceeding the equivalent of NIS 80,000 must make a customs declaration.
In response to the report, customs officials stated that inspect passengers in line with their work but there is no operation that singles out chareidi travelers.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)