Israel Charges Swede With Spying For Hizbullah

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israel charged a Swede of Palestinian descent on Sunday with spying for Hizbullah, saying the terrorist group had tasked him with gathering information on Israeli military facilities that might be attacked in a future war.

The suspect, Khalil Hizran, was arrested on July 21 after flying into Tel Aviv, and confessed under interrogation to working for Hizbullah, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said.

According to a Shin Bet statement, Hizran planned to gather information on military sites, a mission it deemed “proof that Hizbullah is preparing for the next war with Israel.”

Hizran’s Israeli lawyer, Leah Tsemel, denied the charges.

Speaking to Reuters, she said Hizran had met with Hizbullah members during visits to Lebanon, where he was born to Palestinian refugees and from which he had emigrated to Sweden.

“But he refused any request to harm Israel’s security,” Tsemel said.