Three Israeli Jews Sentenced in Haifa for Spying for Egypt
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Three Israeli Jews Sentenced in Haifa for Spying for Egypt

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Three young Israeli Jews, found guilty in district court here May 8 of spying for Egypt, were given prison sentences here today, ranging from two years to five years.

The heaviest sentence was meted out against Gideon Goldstein, 20. He was convicted of having crossed over to the Egyptian-held Gaza Strip where he had been offered 500 Israeli pounds (about $167) monthly for furnishing information about Israeli army movements. He recruited the two other youths: Isaac Fishman, 18, who was given two years; and Yoel Reizman, 17, who was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.

The three, according to testimony during their trial, had collected information for two months about army movements in Israel. They were caught by members of the United Nations Emergency Force when they attempted to get into the Gaza Strip to pass on their reports to the Egyptian Intelligence.

Forced by UNEF to go back into Israel, they returned to their homes and, later, Goldstein and Fishman smuggled themselves as stowaways aboard a Norwegian ship bound from Haifa to Italy. They were apparently apprehended by Israeli authorities after the Norwegians captured them aboard that ship.

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