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Egyptian-born Jew Held in Israel on Charge of Spying for Egypt

Moshe Levy, 29, an Egyptian-born Israeli Jew who was formerly a prison guard in Haifa, was remanded to jail by a magistrate here today, after being arraigned on a charge of espionage.

After his arraignment, Israeli security officials announced that Levy was arrested a month ago, near the border of the Gaza Strip. When he was apprehended, the security officers charged, he was carrying documents and some books which, it was alleged, he had planned to turn over to Egyptian intelligence in Gaza.

Security officials said they believed he spent several months in Egypt last year, studying intelligence work. They said he had gone across the Gaza Strip border a year ago, then returned to Israel for espionage purposes.