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Two Jewish Spy-ring Members Get 7 Years; Four Arabs Get 6-10 Years

Yehezkel Cohen and David Kupfer, members of a Syrian-directed Arab-Jewish spy ring; were each sentenced today to seven years imprisonment by a Haifa district court. Four Arabs tried with them received sentences of 6-10 years.

Cohen and Kupfer were the second pair of Jews to receive prison terms in connection with the spy ring’s activities. Both confessed to acts aimed at overthrowing the Israeli government by force. They were allegedly recruited into the spy ring by Ehud Adiv and Dan Vered who were sentenced last month to prison terms of 17 and 10 years respectively.

Hagop Anteryessian, a young photographer from the Armenian quarter of East Jerusalem, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment Friday for spying and maintaining contact with the enemy. Anteryessian was found guilty of meeting two Soviet agents in Beirut last summer and carrying out their instructions to collect information about political affairs in Israel. He was also ordered to watch the Armenian Patriarch in Jerusalem and report any contacts the latter might have with Defense Minister Moshe Dayan or other Israeli ministers.