Police to request remand extension for Syrian infiltrator

Hassan Hijazi, 28, hitched a ride from Majdal Shams to Tel Aviv; two other Syrian infiltrators returned backed to Syria.

May 17, 2011 09:17
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Syrian infiltrator Hassan Hijazi.

Syrian infiltrator Hassan Hijazi 311. (photo credit: Channel 10 News)


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Police will request a remand extension from the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Tuesday for the infiltrator who crossed illegally from Syria into Israeli territory during Nakba Day protests on Sunday.

Hijazi reportedly told police during his interrogation that he was a clerk in the Education Ministry and it was his dream to go to Jaffa, a city where he claims his roots. Hijazi spent the day touring Jaffa and asking residents if they knew his family. Hijazi decided then to contact newspapers and tell his story.

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Hissan Hijazi, 28, was interviewed by Channel 10 news on Monday, and then gave himself up, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Hijazi said he hitched a ride with “peace activists” from Majdal Shams. He told Channel 10 that Hezbollah had pressured the Assad regime in Syria to allow the demonstration, and had called for the conquest of Israel by Arab armies.

“This isn’t Israel, it’s Palestine. This country must not be Jewish,” Hijazi told Channel 10, before being arrested for illegal entry into Israel.

Also Tuesday, two Syrians who were arrested in Majdal Shams were returned to Syria, according to Army Radio.

Another man, a Syrian-Palestinian infiltrator who was a passenger in a taxi driven by an Arab man from east Jerusalem was arrested along with the driver.

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The passenger “was trying to make his way south. He had no papers on him. He was arrested at a police checkpoint in southern Majdal Shams, and is being questioned at a police station,” Rosenfeld said.

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