Neturei Karta Protest 'Iranian Spy' Arrest

Members of extremist hareidi sect protest arrest of suspected Iranian spy from their community who offered to 'kill a Zionist.'

Gil Ronen ,

Neturei Karta demonstration
Neturei Karta demonstration
Flash 90

Members of the Neturei Karta extremist sect protested Wednesday against the arrest of a member of the anti-Zionist group, on suspicion of spying for Iran.

In posters they put up on walls and bulletin boards, they wrote of the suspect: “For over two weeks, he is withering away in Zionist captivity, under harsh and cruel torture, and according to their Sodom-like laws, it is forbidden to publish his arrest. Shall we remain silent? This is not the time to be silent. We will gather today, to sound our shout of protest, that will be heard from one end of the world to the other.”

According to the indictment, the man took the initiative to spy on Israel, without having been contacted by enemy agents. He flew to Berlin and went to the local Iranian embassy, where he presented himself as an Israeli citizen interested in speaking to Iranian officials. He met with three Iranian men, one of whom presented himself as “Hajj Baba.”

He explained to the Iranians that he is an Israeli citizen who believes the state of Israel should not exist, and that he wishes to see Israel governed by non-Jews. He offered to gather information and pass it on to them, and said that he is even willing to murder a “Zionist.”

“Hajj Baba” gave the man an email address and password, and told him to stay in touch with the embassy.

On January 20, 2011 the man returned to Israel. He checked the email account he had been given several times, using a computer at an internet café in Jerusalem. He also called the Iranian embassy in Berlin twice, each time from a public phone. On one occasion embassy officials did not answer. On the other, the man asked to speak to “Hajj Baba” and was told he was not present that day.

The suspect was questioned by the Israel Police’s Lahav 443 unit.