Arab from eastern Jerusalem charged with spying for Hezbollah


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab from eastern Jerusalem was charged with spying on Israeli sites for Hezbollah.

Azam Mashahra of the Jabel Mukaber village was charged Sunday in Jerusalem District Court of making contact with a foreign agent, passing information to the enemy, conspiracy to deliver information to the enemy and traveling to an enemy country without permission, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Mashahra reportedly admitted during interrogation after his arrest to passing information to Hezbollah. According to reports, he was recruited last June by the Lebanon-based terrorist organization.

On a visit to Lebanon, Mashahra reportedly was briefed by his handlers and told to return to Israel and remain in contact. He communicated with his handlers using email and Facebook.

Mashahra reportedly passed on information about sensitive Israeli sites, such as the Knesset, the government complex, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, Har Hatzofim Medical Center, and the residences of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

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