Israel says uncovered another espionage case

Posted: May 11, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in Anti-Israel, Hezbollah, Israel, Terrorism

A spy? Makhoul. Learning from recent mistake in case of Anat Kam, Israeli authorities lifted the ban on an alleged espionage story, this time involving Israeli Palestinians:

Fifty-two-year-old Ameer Makhoul from Haifa, a well-known figure in the Arab community in Israel, and 50-year-old Omar Said of Kfar Kanna, were arrested on suspicion of committing serious security offences, including espionage and contact with a foreign agent from Hezbollah. A gag order on the matter was partially lifted at Ynet’s request on Monday, meaning some of the affair’s details are still confidential.

Makhoul was arrested in his home in Haifa last week in front of his wife and children. He is suspected of being in contact with a Lebanese element of the Hezbollah terror group, espionage and contact with a foreign agent. Several computers were confiscated from his home.

(Ynet)

FROM PAST EXPERIENCE, we know that Israeli authorities do not throw such allegations into the wind, thus it is safe to say there’s some fire under that smoke. In the past, several Israeli Palestinians were accused of collaboration with enemy elements, including MK Azmi Bshara.

The wife of Ameer Makhoul – one of the suspects – told in an interview she was not scared of the action:

"We’re not scared. We have nothing to fear," Janan Abdu Makhoul said, after the affair was cleared for publication Monday on Ynet’s request. "I connect the arrest to declarations by the Shin Bet chief, who said they will deal with the Arabs even if they act legally."

"The Shin Bet seeks to bring the Arabs back to the Middle Ages," Makhoul’s wife said. "When a Jew meets another Jew in various locations worldwide he is not required to apologize or provide a report about it, yet if Ameer meets a Palestinian somewhere in the world he needs to report it."

(Ynet)

The Israeli security forces would no doubt be blamed for overzealousness; on the flip side, the security forces could not allow the alleged spy to destroy any evidence.

Whatever the case is, a person should not be trampled, and his rights denied. A full investigation should be launched into the matter – according to the law, not shady rules and regulations.

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