Third Man Arrested in Case of Espionage Against Israel

Resident of Arab village of Baka al-Garbiyeh arrested week after police arrest Druze man suspected of crimes against Israel's security.

Israeli authorities arrested on Tuesday a third man as part of an investigation into suspected espionage against Israel that was first revealed last week. 

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After the arrest last week of Majd Sha'ar, father of 27-year-old Fada Sha'ar, who is suspected of having committed crimes against Israeli security, police arrested a resident of Baka al-Garbiyeh on Tuesday over suspicion of espionage and contact with a foreign agent.

The Petah Tikva Magistrate's Court extended the remand of 62-year-old Mahmoud Masarwah by 10 days. His attorney, Jalal Abu-Vassal, said that he could not comment on the suspicions against his client because he had not been allowed to meet with the suspect and has no knowledge of the alleged crimes.

Masarwah is a well know political activist who has been active over recent years on behalf of political prisoners held in Israel. He has been arrested in the past and has spent some time in prison. 

A gag order has been imposed on the details of the case.

Majd and Fada Sha'ar, who were arrested last week, are both residents of the northern Druze village of Majdal Shams.

The defense attorney representing both Majd and Fada Sha'ar told Haaretz last week that the arrest was illogical and strange. According to the attorney, the first suspect's father was detained for questioning following his son's arrest, and released several hours later.