Israel’s Shin Bet Apprehend Jerusalem Man on Suspicion of Spying for Hezbollah
An Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem has been indicted by the district attorney’s office for allegedly spying for the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, Israel Hayom reported.
Azam Mash’hara was arrested by the Shin Bet and the Israeli police on Oct. 24.
The indictment listed several offenses against Mash’hara related to illegally traveling to Lebanon to meet with Hezbollah operatives and providing them with intelligence information on sites in Israel including the Jerusalem government buildings, schools, hospitals and the residences of the prime minister and defense minister.
Mash’hara also was allegedly provided with money and advice by his Hezbollah handlers to be able to contact the terrorist group through email and social media.
The Shin Bet noted in its statement on the arrest that Mash’hara may be part of a troubling new trend by Hezbollah to use Israeli Arabs for intelligence information due to their superior access to Israel proper, instead of Palestinians from the West Bank.