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Report: Israel indicts Australian suspected of spying for Hamas

Security forces arrest Rashid Abu Arja, who also holds Jordanian and Saudi citizenship, last month upon entry to Israel.

By Haaretz Service

An Australian citizen was indicted in Israel for being a member of Hamas and entering the country on a mission for the Islamic militant group, Channel 2 reported Tuesday.

Channel 2 displayed what it said was the indictment Tuesday night. It said the man, Iad Rashid Abu Arja, who also holds Jordanian and Saudi citizenship, was arrested upon entry to Israel last month.

The report said he was trained in Syria and was sent to Israel by Hamas on a spying mission.

According to police investigators, Arja has a background in computers, and apparently he was asked to aid in acquiring various technological devices for the purposes of encryption, photography, and guiding missiles

The purpose of his visit to Israel was mainly to test his ability to enter and exit the country, the indictment said.

The police and the Shin Bet said that the arrest was another example of the continuous efforts of Hamas and terror organizations to recruit agents which can enter Israel and make various connections in the country.

Added: Apr-19-2011 Occurred On: Apr-19-2011
By: aydeo
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Tags: Israel, arrest, Australian, Hamas spy
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