Arab Israeli man suspected of aiding Hizbullah

Hajajri resident allegedly enlisted during trip to Umra, suspected of conveying sensitive information.

Hizbullah march 224.88 (photo credit: )
Hizbullah march 224.88
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An Arab Israeli man is under arrest following suspicions that he gathered information on the IDF in the North on behalf of Hizbullah. Ismail Muhammad Suleiman Suleiman, 27, from Hajajri in the Jezreel Valley, was arrested by the Amakim Police's Central Unit and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on February 5. Law enforcement agencies say Suleiman was recruited into Hizbullah during a trip to Umra, Saudi Arabia, in September, where he met a Hizbullah handler. A second meeting between Suleiman and the Hizbullah handler was planned for April 2009, when Suleiman was expected to receive additional missions. Suleiman was indicted in the Nazareth Magistrate's Court on Sunday, and ordered held in custody until the end of legal proceedings. The arrest marks yet another exposure of Hizbullah efforts to recruit Israeli agents. Two Druze men from the Golan Heights were convicted in December for passing intelligence to Syrian army officers in the midst of fighting between Israel and Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War of 2006. The two men, Youssuf Shams and Atta Frahaht, conveyed information regarding IDF troop movements in the Golan. The men were sentenced to three and four-year prison sentences respectively and fined tens of thousands of shekels.