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Palestinian Thought to Be Iranian Spy

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Israeli security forces this week arrested a Palestinian from the West Bank on suspicion of spying for Iran.

Mohammed Rajab Salameh Mohammed, 44, was accused Wednesday of providing Iran with maps on which he marked security installations and government offices.

Mohammed, who is from the village of Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, has a doctorate in philosophy from Beirut University. He has also lived in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

Mohammed confessed that he was recruited a year ago to work for Iranian intelligence by the Iranian Embassy in Jordan, according to an Israel Defense Force statement.

In addition to spying in Israel, Mohammed said he had agreed to gather information in Jordan.

He was instructed to photograph different sites in Israel.

The statement said his interrogation is continuing.

In August, an Israeli court charged an Iranian-born Israeli, Herzl Rad, with spying for Tehran. Rad denied the allegations. Proceedings against him are still under way.

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