Australian arrested for Hamas ties in Israel

AP News
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 1:47 PM
Australian arrested for Hamas ties in Israel

Israeli media reports that an Australian national is being indicted for belonging to Hamas and entering the country on a mission for the Islamic militant group.

Channel 2 TV displayed what it said was the indictment Tuesday night. It said the man, who also holds Jordanian and Saudi citizenship, was arrested upon entry to Israel last month.

The report said he was trained in Syria and was sent to Israel by Hamas on a spying mission.

Iran-backed Hamas, a group with a militant Islamist ideology, is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., the European Union and others because of its rocket attacks and suicide bombings aimed at civilians.

Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment on the report as it was released during the Passover holiday.