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Lebanese security forces arrest journalist accused of spying for Israel

Lebanese security forces have arrested a journalist accused of spying for the Israeli spy agency Mossad and collaborating with the Israeli authorities by writing defamatory articles about the Hezbollah resistance movement and turning public opinion against the group.

The Arabic language of Lebanon al-Akhbar The daily, citing judicial sources, reports that the Lebanese journalist wrote “dozens” of anti-Hezbollah articles at the request of the Tel Aviv regime, receiving between 300 and 700 dollars per article.

The news platform for which the journalist was writing, according to the report, was al-Jaras magazine.

The journalist was also asked to draw links between Hezbollah and the massive explosion on August 4, 2020 in the port of Beirut, which killed more than 200 people and injured 6,500 others.

He fabricated false evidence in his articles and flawed analyzes designed to implicate Hezbollah in the devastating explosion and pit ordinary Lebanese against the resistance group.

Forensic sources said the suspect was asked if he knew he was working for Israel when he wrote the anti-Hezbollah articles.

The report says that despite claiming he was unaware and doubtful that his “employers” were linked to the Tel Aviv regime, the spy continued to write plays about financial benefits.

Lebanese al-Manar TV channel identified the journalist as Mohammed Shoaib, saying he saw an advertisement for a foreign company on a website and then contacted the company.

The company offered him a monthly salary in exchange for writing a certain number of articles per month.

Al-Manar added that it didn’t take long before Shoaib was contacted by an Israeli named Tom. Tom asked the Lebanese journalist to report on political issues.

The plays were asked to be in the interests of Arab states in the Persian Gulf, relying on hostile language against Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

According to informed sources, Tom not only specified the titles and political topics of the articles for Shoaib, but also asked the Lebanese journalist to publish his articles on a number of websites, including Alkalima online and Lebanon 24.

Last month the al-Akhbar The newspaper reported that the country’s security forces had uncovered at least 17 Israeli spy rings.

According to the report, each of the networks operated independently across Lebanon and in neighboring Syria. The newspaper called the discovery “one of Lebanon’s biggest security operations” since 2009.

The operation reportedly began four weeks ago, when the Directorate of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces began tracking down spy networks, which were allegedly tasked with collecting information on Hezbollah and various Palestinian factions in the country.