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Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah burn an Israeli flag at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs September 17, 2012. REUTERS Photo

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah burn an Israeli flag at an anti-U.S. protest in Beirut's southern suburbs September 17, 2012. REUTERS Photo

A Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem has been arrested on suspicion of being an agent of Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah, Israel's domestic security agency Shin Bet said on Sunday.
 
Issam Ali Hashem Mashahra of Jabel Mukaber was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of acting as an agent for Hezbollah, after being recruited during a visit to Lebanon in June 2012, a statement said.
 
Shin Bet said Mashahra had confessed to providing information on official buildings in Israel, "such as the Knesset (parliament) and government offices," as well as public sites including the Hebrew University and two Jerusalem hospitals.
 
Mashahra was charged on Sunday with "contact with a foreign agent, providing information to the enemy, conspiring to providing information to the enemy and staying in an enemy state without a permit," the statement said.
 
Israel and the Shiite militia, which is allied with the Iranian and Syrian regimes, fought a bloody 34-day war in 2006 that killed more than 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 in Israel, most of them soldiers.

November/25/2012

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