Israeli citizen arrested in Lebanon

Man, who holds German passport, detained during investigation into murder of Lebanese man.

September 22, 2007 23:02
1 minute read.
Israeli citizen arrested in Lebanon

german passport 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The Foreign Ministry was "checking into" reports Saturday night that Lebanese authorities have arrested an Israeli man and handed him over to military intelligence for interrogation because he has frequently visited Lebanon. "We are checking into the incident," a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said. The Prime Minister's Office had nothing to say on the matter. The Lebanese media identified the man as Daniel Sharon. Lebanese security officials said Sharon had visited Lebanon 11 times in the past two years using a German passport and was arrested by police at a Beirut hotel on Thursday. A Lebanese security agent was also held for questioning about his relations with Sharon after the two maintained contacts through the Internet, said the officials. A senior military official also confirmed the arrest, saying he was now being interrogated by military investigators. About a decade ago, a Hebrew daily ran a weekend feature story on an Israeli with a German passport named Daniel Sharon who had converted to Islam and moved to Jordan, where he opened a flower shop with some friends, and used to travel frequently to Lebanon. The Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar reported Saturday that the man's arrest came after an investigation into the murder of a Lebanese citizen found dead in an apartment in Beirut's southern suburbs. Police said the victim had been shot with a gun belonging to a roommate who was a security officer, the paper said, without citing sources. The roommate told authorities he had lost his gun and was with a German friend who was staying at a hotel in Beirut when the killing occurred, the paper said. Police later went to the hotel and detained the friend for questioning, it added. During a preliminary interrogation, police grew suspicious over the Israeli man's visits to Lebanon and other Arab countries, his spending and his ability to speak Arabic, according to the newspaper. The Israeli said his visits to Lebanon were for tourism and to see friends, the report said. One Lebanese newspaper quoted a judicial source as saying Sharon "is denying charges of espionage and insists that he is gay and he likes to have sexual relations with Lebanese men, and that is why his visits to Lebanon were frequent." •

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town