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 His Web site is

©The Bulletin 2008


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.