East Jerusalem Palestinian Suspected of Recruiting Agents for Hezbollah, Iran

Yasmin Jaber, arrested by Shin Bet along with other suspects, allegedly headed a cell that attempted to recruit Israelis and Palestinians, security service said

Yaniv Kubovich
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A supporter of Lebanon's Hezbollah gestures as he holds a Hezbollah flag in Marjayoun, Lebanon May 7, 2018.
A supporter of Lebanon's Hezbollah gestures as he holds a Hezbollah flag in Marjayoun, Lebanon May 7, 2018.Credit: AZIZ TAHER/Reuters
Yaniv Kubovich

The Shin Bet has arrested a resident of East Jerusalem who was recruited by Iran’s Quds Force and Hezbollah, the Israeli security agency said in a statement Thursday.

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The statement said that the suspect, Yasmin Jaber, headed a cell that attempted to recruit Israelis and Palestinians to the service of Iran and Hezbollah. Along with Jaber, other suspects from East Jerusalem and Ramallah were arrested.

Yasmin Jaber with suspected operatives.
Yasmin Jaber with suspected operatives.Credit: Shin Bet

Jaber, who worked at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, was arrested last month after the Shin Bet suspected that she was recruited by Hezbollah. During questioning, the security service learned that Jaber visited Lebanon twice during 2015-2016, during which time she participated in a Hezbollah conference, with the goal of recruiting Israeli and Palestinian agents to the organization. During her second visit, Jaber made contact with a senior agent in the joint Hezbollah-Quds Force terror attack unit.

Agents from the unit sent Jaber clandestine messages over social media, Shin Bet said. Over the course of her work with them, Jaber was code-named Rahil.

At meetings in Turkey, the unit allegedly gave her instructions, and stressed to her the importance of recruiting Israeli Arabs, specifically women. A friend of Jaber who lives in Turkey, Tasnim al-Qadi, is said to have negotiated between the unit and Jaber, and received money from Hezbollah. Al-Qadi, originally from Ramallah, was also arrested during the investigation.

Charges against the two women have yet to be filed.

A senior Shin Bet official said that this investigation, which was carried out alongside other security bodies, "is the result of continuous intelligence activities to identify suspects recruited by Hezbollah.”

He added that it represents “a new layer in the process of thwarting Quds Force and Hezbollah recruitment of sources among Arab Israelis, the Palestinian Authority and even foreigners, for the goal of carrying out terror activities in Israel.”

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