Arab woman charged over spying on Haifa for Gaza terror group

A view of Haifa. Credit: Itamar Grinberg via Wikimedia Commons.

( An Arab woman with Israeli citizenship was charged Thursday with entering Israel from Gaza to spy on Haifa institutions and carry out terrorist attacks on behalf of a jihadist group last month, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said.

Nazrin Hassan Abdullah Hassan, 40, was recruited by the Katim Al-Muhajadin terror group, or “Holy Warriors Battalion,” particularly because she has Israeli citizenship and could more easily execute attacks on Israeli soil.

Hassan, mother of seven, is married to a Gaza resident and has recently been living in Gaza. While spending time in Israel during parts of 2014, she was asked to collect intelligence on Israel’s government buildings and infrastructure in Haifa, including a port in Haifa, a train station, Haifa’s Israeli Interior Ministry branch, a courthouse, a synagogue, and security arrangements at each of those locations.

“Upon her return to the Gaza Strip, she passed on this information (including pictures taken with her smartphone) to the terror organization, clearly knowing that it will be used to carry out terrorist activities,” the Shin Bet said.

Not only did she receive instructions to carry out terror attacks in Israel, but Hassan also attempted unsuccessfully to recruit Israeli Arab citizens to join the jihadist organization.

Posted on November 5, 2015 .