07/27/2011 02:02 pm ET Updated Sep 26, 2011

Palestinian Women Enjoy Israeli Beach Visit After Being Snuck Into Country

TEL AVIV -- Skittish at first, then wide-eyed with delight, the women and girls entered the sea, smiling, splashing and then joining hands, getting knocked over by the waves, throwing back their heads and ultimately laughing with joy...

The women were Palestinians from the southern part of the West Bank, which is landlocked, and Israel does not allow them in. They risked criminal prosecution, along with the dozen Israeli women who took them to the beach.

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