A Palestinian woman could face the death penalty after prosecutors charged her with spying for Israel, court officials in Jenin said Sunday, in a rare development.
Palestinian men have been convicted of collaborating with Israel, but few women have been charged before. Palestinian Authority prosecution said it plans to ask for her execution, though death penalties are rarely carried out.
Court officials told The Associated Press that the 22-year-old woman worked as a collaborator after obtaining a divorce from her husband, who forced her to work as a prostitute, making her a social outcast in Palestinian society.
The young woman, wearing a white scarf across her, Palestinian Authority military judge Abdul Karim al-Masri said the woman confessed to passing low level information and refused a lawyer. "She didn't hurt anybody except herself," he said.