Israel Charges Bedouin With Gaza Ties With Spying for Hamas

Yaniv Kubovich
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The Iron Dome Battery, developed by Rafael
The Iron Dome Battery, developed by Rafael Credit: HAMAD ALMA / REUTERS
Yaniv Kubovich

A Bedouin man who splits his time between the Gaza Strip and Israel was arrested in early February for allegedly providing intelligence for Palestinian group Hamas, the Shin Bet security service said on Friday.

Mohammed Abu Adra, 43, who lives in Rehovot in Israel and Rafah in Gaza, collected information on the locations of Iron Dome air defense batteries, Shin Bet said.

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Abu Adra was indicted on Friday for being a member of a terrorist organization, demonstrating a decision to commit treason, providing information to the enemy and other crimes.

Palestinian Hamas militants deployed during a lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the northern Gaza Strip. September 7, 2020.Credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS

He is the son of an Israeli Bedouin father and a Palestinian mother from the Gaza Strip. He is married to a woman who lives in the Gaza Strip and regularly crosses through the Erez checkpoint between his two homes.

According to Israeli authorities, Hamas' military wing exploited the fact he is allowed to move between Israel and Gaza due to of his family situation, giving him a mission to carry out in Israel. Hamas allegedly recruited him a year and a half ago, the indictment says, and Abu Adra has allegedly been collecting information for the organization since then.

During 2020, other people with families split between Israel and the Gaza Strip were arrested for working for Hamas, Shin Bet said.

“This is another example of how Hamas is exploiting the Erez crossing for inter-regional activities, and it testifies to the organization’s strategy to undermine stability in the region, in spite of the efforts for an agreement that are being conducted all the time,” said a Shin Bet official.

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