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The Shin Bet announced today (Thursday) that it thwarted attempts by a Lebanese entity to recruit activists in the Judea and Samaria region and East Jerusalem through TikTok, so that they would plan and carry out attacks on Israeli territory. The investigation revealed that two residents of East Jerusalem with Israeli citizenship had been in contact in recent weeks with a resident of Lebanon named Salah Sweti, also known as "Abu Ghassan", who was a Hezbollah operative in the past.
The two were arrested, and their investigation revealed that, under Sweti's direction, they gathered intelligence and photographed locations in Israel, with an emphasis on Jerusalem, in order to promote terrorist attacks. It also emerged that the Lebanese located potential activists with the help of the Tiktok application. At the beginning of the relationship, "Abu Ghassan" concentrates on the personal aspect and general discourse, such as the situation in Jerusalem and conflicts between Jews and Arabs. Later, he moved to conduct the discourse on Telegram, where he forwards apparently innocent requests to carry out tasks, such as taking photos and videos in Israel as an optional target for an attack.
Hezbollah operatives (photo: IDF spokesman)
With time and the strengthening of the relationship between the parties, "Abu Hassan" will instruct his operatives to initiate terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens, while ignoring the damage that will be caused to the operatives and their families.
"The General Security Service takes a serious view of attempts to harness Israeli residents to terrorist activities and calls for online vigilance in light of the threat posed by various terrorist elements on social networks," the Shin Bet said.
Meanwhile, earlier this week a man was identified who crossed the border fence from Israeli territory into Lebanese territory. It was announced in Lebanon that this was an Israeli Arab, but the identity of the man is still unknown to the IDF.
The security forces in the sector recognized the crossing and followed it.
A report was forwarded to UNIFIL who forwarded the information to the Lebanese security forces.
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