An Israeli Arab resident of Kalansua, an Israeli Arab village, was recruited in Germany by Hezbollah, and gave it information about Israel in exchange for thousands of Euros, which worth nearly double the dollar. This was released for publication Thursday, after he was indicted.
When questioned by Israeli security GSS and the police’s International Crimes Unit, Khaled Kashkush, 29, confirmed all the suspicions against him.
According to the indictment, in 2002, while studying medicine in Germany, Mr. Kashkush met Dr. Hisham Hassan, a Lebanese man who was living there and who headed the branch of Orphaned Children Project Lebanon, an organization that raises funds for Hizbullah’s civilian infrastructure in Lebanon.
In 2005, Mr. Hassan introduced Mr. Kashkush to a person called “Mazen,” who was known to Israel’s security organizations by the name of Mohammed Hashem, a 50-year old Lebanese man who serves as a senior and experienced Hezbollah operative.
Mr. Hashem gave [Kashkush] his email address and password, gave him 2,000 Euro and asked him to buy a prepaid cell phone so that they could be in touch. A year later, the two met for the third time and spoke about the Second Lebanon War.
Mr. Hashem asked him to get a job at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, where he said injured soldiers are taken, to broaden his acquaintance with doctors and increase his involvement with the hospital. He gave Mr. Kashkush an additional 2,000 Euro and asked him to find for Hezbollah Israeli Arab students who were studying in Germany and suffering from economic problems.
After a few months, the two met again, and Mr. Kashkush gave Mr. Hashem details about people studying and living in Germany who had economic problems, drug-related problems and nationalist tendencies.
In conclusion, Mr. Hashem asked him to mark for him public places and neighboring communities on a map of Kalansua that he downloaded from the Google Earth satellite map site. At the end of the meeting, Mr. Hashem gave Mr. Kashkush another 4,000 Euro. In total, Mr. Kashkush received 13,000 EURO from his handler.
Mr. Kashkush was arrested in Israel upon returning from Germany, on July 16, and the affair was only released for publication yesterday, after he was indicted by the Central District Attorney’s Office at the Petah Tikva District Court.
Sources in Israeli security, which investigated the affair together with the security division of the International Crimes Unit headed by Dep. Cmdr. Yaron London, say that since the withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Hezbollah had increased its activity among Israeli citizens for the purpose of carrying out terror attacks in Israel.
David Bedein can be reached at email@example.com. His Web site is wwwIsraelBehindTheNews.com.
©The Bulletin 2008