Two Arab-Israeli men arrested on suspicion of providing information to Hamas

The two were residents of a northern Israeli town and were arrested last month


Israeli soldiers stand on a tank as they secure the border with the Gaza Strip, January 19, 2024 (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

(JNS) Two residents of the majority Arab Muslim town of Ein Mahil in northern Israel are accused of sending intelligence to Hamas after their October 7 incursion into southern Israel.

The Israel Security Agency and Israel Police announced the indictments in a joint statement on Sunday morning.

Rami Habibullah, 43, was arrested on January 1. He is suspected of contacting Hamas operatives abroad to provide wartime intelligence to the Gaza-based terror group,. According to authorities, he gave Hamas information on a security site near his home so that Hamas could fire rockets or missiles at it.

Habibullah is also alleged to have then recruited local Arab citizens of Israel to join Hamas.

A second suspect, Khaled Saleh, 35, was also arrested. He is accused of being an accomplice to Habibullah in his effort to commit acts of terrorism and agreeing to supply weapons for the attacks.

“This is a serious activity by Israeli citizens who hatched a malicious plan with Hamas operatives while the State of Israel is in the middle of fighting against that terrorist organization,” the statement read.

“This activity was thwarted in the initial stages, even before the members of the squad had time to execute the plan for terrorist activity inside Israel.”

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