August 5, 2010
Israelis indicted for spying for Syria
Three Israeli citizens were indicted for spying for Syria.
The three men from Arab villages in northern Israel were indicted Thursday in a Nazareth court on charges of passing information to Syria.
Fada Sha’ar and his father, Majd Sha’ar of the Druze village Majdal Shams, and Mahmoud Masarwah were arrested last month. A gag order on the case was lifted Thursday.
According to the indictment, the men intended to kidnap a man from Israel who they thought was a Syrian pilot who defected to Israel in 1989.
Masarwah is a political activist who works on behalf of political prisoners jailed in Israel. Majdal Shams residents clashed with police searching the Sha’ar home last month.