Israeli security agency arrests Arab journalist for ties to Hezbollah

The logo of Israel's Shin Bet security agency. Credit: Shin Bet.

( Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said that it has arrested an Israeli-Arab journalist over his alleged ties to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

Majd Kayyal, a 23-year-old journalist who works for the Israeli NGO Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, reportedly traveled to Lebanon recently for a conference with the Lebanese newspaper As-Saphir. At the conference, he allegedly made contact with Hezbollah agents, the Shin Bet said.  

As-Saphir recently published an interview with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Kayyal, who was arrested last Saturday on the suspicion of being recruited by Hezbollah, had entered Lebanon through Jordan with travel documents provided by the Palestinian Authority.

After lifting the gag order on the arrest, the Shin Bet said it will likely drop the Hezbollah charge and instead charge Kayyal for traveling to Lebanon. 

Posted on April 17, 2014 .