News Brief 3/28/2012, Nisan 5, 5772
Protester's Wife: Machsom Watch are the Real Spies
The wife of a man arrested for allegedly spying against the Israel Defense Forces retorted that the Machsom Watch organization are the "real spies" against Israel. Akiva HaCohen is accused of helping organize a protest against security forces who were planning to demolish a Jewish home in Samaria. The prosecution is arguing that his notifying fellow protesters of the location of security forces constitutes espionage.
His wife, Ayelet Hashachar HaCohen, in an interview with Arutz Sheva news argued that anyone who visits the Machson Watch website is disclosing classified information on the presence of IDF soldiers at checkpoints. "The real enemies of the state give details to Arabs on the presence of various security forces at checkpoints," she said. Machsom Watch is a group that protests against IDF soldiers guarding the borders of Palestinian Authority controlled regions.