The camels. Sad fate
Photo: Amir Abu Jamma
VIDEO - How do you fit two camels into a Subaru? This is not the beginning of a joke, although a Bedouin resident of the Negev managed to complete the inconceivable feat when he stuffed two camels into his car in order to transport them to the West Bank.
The camels' reality is a lot less funny than the punch line of a joke starting with that same question is meant to be. They are being brought to the West Bank for slaughter, after which their meat will be sold for consumption.
A Bedouin resident of the Negev brought two of his camels into the Palestinian territories. In some unknown way, he managed to load the two large animals into his Subaru.
"Once, goods used to be smuggled on camels. Now we are smuggling the camels themselves," joked Amir Abu Jamma, a resident of Ar'ara who photographed to unusual sight.
Abu Jamma said that the car's driver explained to him that he was smuggling the camels to the Palestinian territories to be slaughtered and sold for meat. "It is less expensive than lamb. For the price of four sheep, you can buy one camel," he explained.
Abu Jamma said that he had never seen camels being transported in a car. "This is the first time. It is surprising that one Subaru can hold two camels," he said.
The Border Guard spokesperson reported that it has never encountered attempted efforts to smuggle camels into the territories, but noted that eating camel meat is a known phenomenon there.