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Israel cracks down on bribery at checkpoints

Aug. 9, 2011 9:52 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 9, 2011 9:52 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Justice Ministry is investigating allegations that police are increasingly being caught taking bribes in exchange for allowing unauthorized goods and persons to enter Israel.

The Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the majority of these cases -- all of which resulted in charges -- were in the Jerusalem area and involved good and persons from areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

"There used to be less smuggling," said deputy department head Moshe Saada.

"Checkpoint smuggling has been increasing. The cases show there are police officers who cannot resist the temptation when smugglers offer them a significant amount," Saada told the Tel Aviv-based daily.

"We have seen that there are officers who can be bribed to enable trucks and people to enter without checks, supervision or controls. This could also be used to bring terrorists into the country," he said.

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