Israeli police are investigating three Israeli journalists who traveled to Lebanon and Syria.
Israeli citizens require permission from the Interior Ministry to travel to an “enemy state.”
The journalists being probed by the National Serious and International Crimes Unit are travel writer Tzur Shizaf, who traveled to Lebanon; Ynet reporter Ron Ben-Yishai, who traveled to Syria; and freelance Canadian-Israeli reporter Lisa Goldman, who visited Lebanon twice and reported from there for Israel’s Channel 10.
“I entered Lebanon legally, with a legitimate Canadian passport, and without criminal intent,” Goldman said in an op-ed published in Ha’aretz. “I have never had access to classified information. The police are fully aware of these facts.”
Police say the journalists endangered their own lives as well as Israeli security. The crime is punishable by up to four years in prison.