“This road leads into a Palestinian village. Entering is dangerous for Israeli citizens.” That warning is repeated on large red signs throughout Judea and Samaria. In three languages, Israeli citizens are told in no uncertain terms that they must not enter Arab towns and villages.
The danger is so great that it is actually a crime punishable under Israeli law for Israeli citizens (at least the Jewish ones) to enter these Arab towns.
But what about the reverse? Are Arabs (be they “Palestinians” or Israeli citizens) warned not to enter Jewish settlements for fear they might be harmed? Is it forbidden by law for Arabs to visit Jewish towns and villages?
Sara Zoabi, a Muslim Arab and proud supporter of the Jewish state from the town of Nazareth, wanted to know, and so made her way to the city of Ariel, one of the largest Jewish settlements in the so-called “West Bank.”