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Monday, September 26, 2011

Al-Jazeera bureau chief admits spying for Hamas

Remember Samer Allawi, the Afghan bureau chief for al-Jazeera, who went home to Sebastia - near Shchem (Nablus) for a holiday and ended up getting arrested by the IDF? I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that he has confessed to being a Hamas operative. He was more than just a member....
During an investigation with The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) Allawi said he was recruited to Hamas in 1993 and he served there until 2004 in a senior committee that oversees Hamas operations abroad and is responsible for fundraising.

In 2001 and 2003 he traveled to Syria where he reported on his activities to Mousa Aba Marzook, deputy to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Damascus.

Aba Marzook offered Allawi to become an official Hamas representative in Iran, but he rejected the offer.

During the interrogation with The Shin Bet, Allawi said he attended a meeting in 2000 in Saudi Arabia in which he said he would be part of a terror operation on behalf of Hamas. He also offered to use his position as a reporter to promote Hamas interests.

In 2006, Allawi traveled to Qatar and met with additional Al Jazeera reporters, who The Shin Bet said were Hamas operatives, and discussed the possibility of using their position to advance Hamas by critizing the US military in Afghanistan.

During his interrogation, The Shin Bet said he also discussed his activities as a member of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan from 1988 till 1992 during which he said that he participated in a rebel raid on an Afghan military base and participated in guerrilla operations against Soviet forces.
Allawi copped a plea and will receive a three-year suspended sentence.

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At 11:02 PM, Blogger Gershon said...

With deportation, right? Right???

At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He receive a three-year suspended sentence, are you kidding me. What type of deterrent is that? Spies only get 3 year suspended sentences? Suspended sentence that means no time in jail at all.


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