Nasim Nisr

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Nasim Nisr (also spelled Nissim Nasser; Arabic: نسيم نصر‎‎; Hebrew: נסים נסר‎‎; born 1968), is a Lebanese citizen who was convicted of spying for Hezbollah.

Early life[edit]

Nisr was born in Lebanon in 1968 to a Muslim father and a Jewish mother who converted to Islam after her marriage. In 1982, Nisr moved to Israel and obtained Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.[1] He lived in Holon, and was married with two daughters. His immediate family remained behind in Lebanon.

Nasr established ties with a Hezbollah agent through his brother in Lebanon. He was asked to supply maps of Tel Aviv marking electricity and gas installations, to extract intelligence from a top Israeli military officer, and to monitor the activities of Israeli armor near Ramallah.[2]

He was arrested in 2002, tried and convicted of spying for Hezbollah,[3] and sentenced to six years in prison in a plea bargain.[4] During his imprisonment, he gave up his Israeli citizenship, hoping to be included in a prisoner exchange deal. His release in a prisoner exchange was a Hezbollah demand during the 2006 Lebanon War, which Israel refused. However, on 1 June 2008, he was released in exchange for the body parts of Israeli soldiers killed during the war.[5][6] He was subsequently deported to Lebanon.

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  1. ^ "Israel Deports Lebanese-Born Jewish Man Who Spied for Hezbollah". Bloomberg L.P. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Singer, Roni (11 December 2002). "Israeli jailed for spying for Hezbollah; Canada bans group". Haaretz. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "J Who are the Mid-East prisoners?". BBC. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 6 October 2006. 
  4. ^ Israel verifying identities of bodies handed over by Hezbollah
  5. ^ "Nisr's release raises hopes of freedom for more prisoners". Gulf News. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Who are the Mid-East prisoners?". BBC News. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2012.