Lebanese Woman Gets Three Years of Hard Labor for Israel Contacts

State-run news agency says Kinda El-Khatib was sentenced for allegedly visiting Israel, contacting Israeli agents and giving them security information

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A statue outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, May 27, 2020.
A statue outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, May 27, 2020.Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla

A military court in Lebanon on Monday sentenced a political activist to three years of hard labor for collaborating with Israel, Lebanon’s state-run news agency reported.

The National News Agency said Kinda El-Khatib was sentenced for allegedly visiting Israel, contacting Israeli agents and providing them with security information.

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Lebanon and Israel are in a state of war and each bans its citizens from visiting the other country.

El-Khatib was detained in June with her brother, who was later released. According to local media reports, she had visited Israel by crossing from Jordan.

El-Khatib had been active on social media, where she harshly criticized Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group and its strong ally, President Michel Aoun. Hezbollah and Israel fought a monthlong war in 2006.

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