Israel Indicts Golan Heights Man for Passing Intelligence on IDF to Syria

Indictment against 38-year-old Iyad Juhari, resident of the Druze village of Majdal Shams, follows his arrest one month ago and subsequent investigation by Israel Police and Shin Bet security services.

A Druze man from the northern Golan Heights village of Majdal Shams was indicted on Monday for allegedly passing information about the Israel Defense Forces to Syrian intelligence.

The suspect, 38-year-old Iyad Juhari, was arrested last month following an investigation carried out by the Israel Police and Shin Bet Security services. A gag order on the case was lifted Monday.

A Nazareth court served the indictment on Monday, charging Juhari over allegedly holding contacts with a foreign agent and passing intelligence to an enemy.

Juhari began studying medicine in Syria in 2002, where he lived for a decade. When he returned to Israel, on June 28, he was detained and transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning.

According to the Shin Bet, he admitted that between 2005 and 2008 he was in contact with a number of Syrian intelligence officials, who directed him to gather intelligence on IDF operations during his holidays in Israel.

On his return to Syria after each holiday, he would meet with his Syrian handlers and pass them the intelligence that he had gathered. This included information on IDF bases in northern Israel, their names, locations, size and which bases had tanks.

He also passed information on IDF training in the area and IDF movements near the Syrian border, and the border fence near Majdal Shams and IDF operations near it.

He also provided information on the nature of the security inspection at the Quneitra checkpoint, through which he had returned to Israel, and also information on Golan Heights residents who oppose the Syrian regime.

He also passed IDF equipment that he found to Syrian security official, including a radio and a document relating to an Israeli military jeep. He also gave them an Israeli SIM card, Hebrew text books and a map of the Golan Heights.

Security sources said that the Shin Bet investigation found Juhari had met with two of his friends in the Golan Heights, told them about his activities, and asked them to pass him any information that might interest Syrian intelligence.

It was also noted that he agreed on code words with one of his friends, so that they could exchange coded information with Juhari when he was in Syria, which he could then pass on to his Syrian contacts.

Other people that were also detained and questioned as part of this investigation have now been released.

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