2 East Jerusalem men arrested for transfering intel to PA
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2 East Jerusalem men arrested for transfering intel to PA

Palestinians suspected of gathering info from Israeli telecommunications firms they accessed through work

View of the Palestinian village of a-Ram, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. April 7, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
View of the Palestinian village of a-Ram, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem. April 7, 2015. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Israeli security forces recently arrested two Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem on suspicion of passing intelligence to Palestinian Authority security agents, police said Sunday.

The two men, residents of the neighborhoods of a-Ram and Kafr Aqab, are accused of passing intelligence gathered from telecommunications databases they had access to through work, according to an Israel Police spokesperson.

Police did not say what information was transferred.

They were arrested in a joint operation by the Israel Police and the Shin Bet — Israel’s domestic security agency — on suspicion of meeting with a foreign agent, fraud and breach of trust.

Since their arrest, the two have had their remand extended multiple times, but they have since been released to house arrest.

A statement from the police spokesperson did not specify when they were first detained.

On Saturday, a 35-year-old Palestinian woman was arrested in Jerusalem’s Old City for planning a stabbing attack. Security forces in the city are currently on high alert, with tens of thousands of visitors expected in Jerusalem for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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