A woman accused of contacting a foreign agent from Iran, arrives for a court hearing in the Jerusalem District Court, Jan 20, 2022. (Flash90)

August 12, 2022

A Jewish Israeli woman arrested for spying for Iran in December attempted to take her own life at her home in Holon on Thursday, Hebrew media reported.

Paramedics arrived at her home and found that she had tried to overdose on pills, and she was taken to an unnamed hospital in critical condition.

The Shin Bet security service said in January that they had arrested five Jewish Israelis accused of assisting an Iranian operative, Rambod Namdar, who often pretended to be a Jewish man, in gathering intelligence and making connections in Israel.

Two of the suspects include the woman from Holon and her husband, whose names are barred from publication. According to the Shin Bet, the wife, who worked as a presenter at a radio station, was in contact with Namdar and passed along photos of government offices over the course of several years.

Her husband was accused by the Shin Bet of being aware of the connection, speaking with the Iranian operative himself, as well as transporting her to the US Consulate to photograph it.

The two were charged with contacting a foreign agent, transferring information that could be of value to the enemy, and assisting in the transfer of information that could be of value to the enemy.

An undated Facebook profile picture that was used by an alleged Iranian intelligence operative, known as Rambod Namdar, to make contact with Israeli citizens, several of whom were indicted on January 12, 2022. (Shin Bet)

The husband denied the accusations against him and his wife during an interview with Channel 12 news on Thursday evening following his wife’s suicide attempt, and accused the Shin Bet of extracting a false confession from her.

“For the past eight months, our life has turned into hell,” the husband said.

The man noted that while in court, it was revealed that the individual who drew up charges was not a Persian speaker: “So how can he come and accuse us of spying?”

He asserted that he was raised with a love of Israel and was not capable of committing the crimes levied against him by the authorities: “I come from a Zionist home, that’s how I was educated. Love for the land of Israel.”

The Shin Bet denied the allegations of abuse during the woman’s interrogation, shortly after she attempted suicide: “The allegations made in relation to abuse that occurred during the investigation lack any basis. The investigation was conducted in accordance with the law and under legal and medical supervision.”

The Shin Bet said that it “rejects with disgust” links between the woman’s suicide and their investigation, and “wishes her a full recovery.”

According to the Shin Bet in January, none of the suspects allegedly involved in the case had access to significant classified material, and there was no indication that this spy ring seriously compromised national security. It did, however, reveal a potential weak point that could be used by Iran in the future, but did not go into further detail.

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