A commercial minibus was sold at about a loss and was driven in a convoy of five vehicles to the Palestinians refugee camp in the northern West Bank.
The driver was later arrested and the owner was sentenced to seven months in prison for “insulting the state,” said the head of the Jerusalem Post’s commercial minibuses division.
The commercial minis were purchased by the Palestinian Authority in 2010 and 2013, when they were sold to Palestinian tourists who had been given a permit to stay in the West Bank but did not go on the trip.
They were also sold by the Palestinians to tourists from Jordan.
The owner of the commercial minicab was convicted of “insults to the state” and was sentenced by the Israeli court to six months in jail.
In his ruling, Judge Yigal Elovitz noted that the driver, an employee of the PA, was not a Palestinian and had never visited the West Wall, a barrier between Israel and the West Jordan Valley, which separates the West from the Jordan River.
Elovitz sentenced the driver to seven-months in jail and ordered him to pay 5,000 shekels ($15) in fines.
The owner, a Palestinian resident of the West Ramallah neighborhood, was also sentenced to eight months in Israeli prison.
He also ordered him not to sell the minibus to anyone else for a period of six months.
The case was brought under the Civil Administration law, which states that “the owner of a commercial vehicle shall not permit the use of such vehicle by anyone other than a person who has the necessary permits for such use.”
The Jerusalem Post has contacted the PA for comment.