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Report: China operating police station in Israel to spy on dissidents

Israeli police officers stand outside the residence of the Chinese ambassador in the central Israeli city of Herzliya, May 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli police officers stand outside the residence of the Chinese ambassador in the central Israeli city of Herzliya, May 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

China has established a secret overseas police station in Israel to monitor political dissidents in the country, according to a new report.

Safeguard Defenders, a Spain-based human rights organization, alleges in a 33-page report that China operates 102 such stations in 53 countries. The report claims that the station exists in order to “harass, threaten, intimidate and force targets to return to China for persecution.”

The new report this week claims Israel is one of the countries that is home to such a Chinese operation, in an unknown location, citing a Chinese news site linked to the Communist Party of China reporting that “Xu Weisong from the Israeli workstation” contributed to a work meeting of the Nantong overseas police.

There was no further evidence provided to back up the claim that China is operating a secret police station in Israel.

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