Arab-Israeli woman indicted for spying in Haifa for Gaza terror group


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli woman was arrested and indicted for spying on Israel for a Gaza-based terror organization.

Nassrin Hassan Abdallah Hassan, 40, an Israeli citizen married to a Palestinian man who resides in the Gaza Strip, where she has lived in recent years, was indicted Thursday in Beersheba District Court, the Shin Bet security agency said in a statement.

Hassan was recruited in October 2013 by the Kataeb al-Mujahaddin, a terrorist organization whose members have committed several attacks – including rocket attacks – against Israeli targets in recent years.

According to the Shin Bet, Hassan collected intelligence on government buildings and infrastructure in Haifa and passed it to Hamas on visits to Gaza. The intelligence included the security arrangements at sites including Haifa Port, the railway station, the Interior Ministry branch, a courthouse and a synagogue.

Hassan also agreed to commit attacks in Israel for the terror group, according to the Shin Bet, who said she received training in bomb preparation. She also attempted to recruit several Israeli citizens to commit terrorist activities in Israel.

“These are serious actions undertaken by an Israeli citizen, who is a member of a Gazan terrorist organization and assisted them in their efforts to commit attacks against Israel while cynically exploiting her Israeli citizenship,” the Shin Bet statement said.

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