Israeli woman indicted on spying for Hezbollah

The young 25 yr-old woman is charged with taking military photographs for [Hezbollah] terrorist group, aiding a terror organization, espionage and spying.

By i24NEWS


A 25-year-old as-yet-unnamed Israeli woman has been accused of spying for the Lebanese Shiite-Islamist terrorist group, Hezbollah.

The Central District Attorney’s Office cleared some of the details of the case for publication Monday. According to a report on Israeli news site Arutz 7, the court in the central city of Lod, charged the Israeli female civilian with “contact with a foreign agent, handing information to an enemy with the intent to harm the State of Israel’s security, and providing a service to a terrorist organization.”

The indictment further explains that the woman, who was thought to have lived in the so-called capital of the Negev, Beersheba, from 2018-2019, made contact with Ali, a resident of southern Lebanon, through Facebook.

The unnamed woman and Ali were in contact for a relatively short period before he began requesting that she perform various espionage tasks on Hezbollah’s behalf. This included taking and sending photographs.

She is alleged to have captured numerous images, including: “12 photographs of military vehicles traveling on Route 6; photographs of the perimeter fence in the area of ​​Rosh Hanikra [on the Israel-Lebanon border], the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, the lookout point at Stella Maris [in Haifa], Haifa Port and military vehicles in the Hebron area; as well as photographs of the Hatzerim Air Force Base and the Air Force Museum in Hatzerim,” according to Arutz 7.

Iron Dome tranking (Left – Photo: Defense Ministry) and interceptor system (Right – Photo: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems)

The defendant is also accused of photographing Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense system near her Beersheba home, the Erez Crossing between the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and Israel, and also Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center. She either acquiesced to each request and took the photographs herself or was in contact with a friend to do so. In all cases, the defendant forwarded Ali the images.

Ali also requested that the woman attend a lecture given by well-known Israeli defense journalist and author, Yossi Melman. In a Twitter post, Melman admitted that she had asked whether in his assessment there would likely be a war between Israel and Hezbollah. He responded in the negative; an answer that she too passed on to Ali.

The prosecuting attorney wrote in the arrest warrant that the woman had been charged with many and varied serious security crimes. It assumed that there “was a reasonable basis to worry that she will endanger public security” and that in identifying with a “terrorist organization known for its unusual violence and cruelty” she presented a clear and present danger to the State of Israel.


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