A tourist was arrested and charged with criminal trespass after walking through a checkpoint in the northern West Bank, officials said Tuesday.
Tania El-Hagia, a 36-year-old Israeli citizen, was arrested Monday night at a checkpoint along a road near Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem settlement, the Israeli Border Police said.
She was charged with trespass and was released on a $500 bond.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of 10,000 shekels ($11,000).
El-Hage, a resident of the Jerusalem area, had been on a five-day trip to the West Banks for the Israeli Museum of Contemporary Art.
The museum was open for visitors, but no visitors were allowed inside, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.
The Israeli government’s Antiquities Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A number of other tourist groups, including the International Travel Association, have announced similar bans in recent weeks, citing concerns about the increased number of visitors to the settlements.
Israel has been in a diplomatic war with the Palestinian Authority over Jerusalem, home to the Western Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Palestinian groups and the international community have said that the city, which Palestinians consider their capital, should be part of a future state for Jews and Muslims.
The West Bank is home to an estimated 6.5 million Jews and more than 1 million Muslims, who are the majority in both Israel and the occupied West Bank.