Israelis indicted for spying for Syria


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israeli citizens were indicted for spying for Syria.

The three men from Arab villages in northern Israel were indicted Thursday in a Nazareth court on charges of passing information to Syria.

Fada Sha’ar and his father, Majd Sha’ar of the Druze village Majdal Shams, and Mahmoud Masarwah were arrested last month. A gag order on the case was lifted Thursday.

According to the indictment, the men intended to kidnap a man from Israel who they thought was a Syrian pilot who defected to Israel in 1989.

Masarwah is a political activist who works on behalf of political prisoners jailed in Israel. Majdal Shams residents clashed with police searching the Sha’ar home last month.

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