Israel prosecutes Syrian hairdressers who want to visit Syria
Two Syrians living in the Israel-occupied Syrian Golan Heights have been prosecuted by an Israeli court.
35-year-old Abbas Salah Abu Awad of Bukata and 53-year-old Massoud Mamdouh Wated of the village of Beka el-Gerbiyya were organising a barbers conference in Syria.
They planned to seek the help of members of Israel's secret police who were sympathetic to their desire to return to their homeland - according to a court in Haifa.
The court said that people living in Israel and the territories it occupies are not allowed to visit Syria - even if they are Syrian!
"During the months of April and May, the accused organized a delegation of Israeli haircutters to a professional conference due to be held during May in Syria – an enemy country, into which entry is prohibited without special permission from the interior minister or prime minister,” the court said.
It's not clear what punishment they'll be given but Justice Ministry spokesman Yaakov Galanti said that: "Any visit to an enemy country without a written permit, as legally required, is a criminal offense, and the state intends to apply this law to the fullest."