Security forces arrested a 40-year-old Israeli-Arab woman in October at the Erez Border Crossing between Gaza and Israel and charged her on Thursday with entering Israel from Gaza, to carry out terrorist attacks on behalf of a jihadist organization.
The woman, Nasrin Hassan Abdullah Hassan, is married to a Gazan resident, and had been living in the Strip in recent years.
She was arrested last month, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) domestic intelligence agency said on Thursday, after trying to cross into Israel.
During questioning, “it emerged that in October 2013 she was recruited by the Katim Al-Muhajadin (Holy Warriors Battalions) organization, which has carried out a number of terror attacks against Israeli targets in recent years, including rocket fire at Israel,” the Shin Bet said.
“It also emerged that she was recruited to carry out terrorist attacks within Israel, due to her being an Israeli citizen with freedom of access within Israel, and to and from the country,” the Shin Bet added.
During two previous stays in Israel, in January and July 2014, she allegedly received instructions from the Gazan jihadist organization to gather intelligence on Israeli government buildings and infrastructure sites in Haifa, including Haifa port, a train station in the northern city, an Interior Ministry branch, a court house, a synagogue, and security arrangements at these sites.
“Upon her return to the Gaza Strip, she passed on this information to the terror organization, clearly knowing that it will be used to carry out terrorist activities,” the Shin Bet stated.
Hassan’s mission did not end with spying for terrorists, according to the Shin Bet. She also “agreed to carry out attacks in Israel for the organization, and to that end, she received training in how to prepare an explosive device,” the intelligence service added.
In line with instructions from her handlers, Nasrin attempted – and failed – to recruit Israeli Arab citizens for attack missions.
“The activities by this Israeli civilian are severe. She chose to join a terror organization in the Gaza Strip, assist it in its efforts to carry out attacks in Israel, and made cynical use of her Israeli citizenship,” the Shin Bet said.
The Southern District Attorney’s Office on Thursday filed an indictment with the Beersheba District Court against the mother of seven for spying on Israel.
The woman joined the terror group for payment, according to the charge sheet, and allegedly used her smart phone to take pictures of strategic Israeli installations in Haifa.