TEL AVIV (Jan. 23)
Two Yugoslav women were detained in Israel two weeks ago on charges of spying for the Palestine Liberation Organization, Ha’aretz reported Tuesday.
The newspaper’s disclosure forced the Haifa Magistrates Court to lift the ban it imposed on the story’s publication at the time of the arrests.
The women were identified as Victoria David, reportedly a convert to Judaism who immigrated here two years ago, and her non-Jewish friend Patricia Kansevich, who came to Israel as a tourist in the past year.
They were accused of photographing strategic sites and sending the photos to the PLO. The women admitted taking the pictures, but denied they were for the PLO.