Israeli Arab Charged With Spying for Iran

(AP/Newsday) An Israeli Arab, Mohammed Ghanam, has been arrested on charges of spying for Iran, Israel police spokesman Gil Kleiman said Tuesday. Authorities believe Ghanam came into contact with Iranian agents during one of his frequent trips to Saudi Arabia, where he facilitated the visits of Muslim pilgrims from Israel. A police statement said Ghanam met Iranian agent Abu Osma in August 2003, who promised to pay Ghanam for enlisting young Israeli Arabs to carry out anti-Israeli missions after undergoing training in Jordan. "In his interrogation... Ghanam said he understood that the purpose of recruiting the young people was to carry out terror attacks," the statement said.

2004-12-08 00:00:00

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