26 January 20174: Lebanon has arrested two Nepali women on charge of spying for Israeli intelligence service Mossad, a hated organisation in the Arab world. Although a government press release failed to identify the arrested women, both appear to be well under the age 30.
Ironically, the very statement that announces their crime and the subsequent arrest also makes it amply clear that the duo’s worst crime was to hunt for prospective Nepali candidates for jobs in Israel. There are thousands of Nepalis working as domestic helpers in Israel which is becoming increasingly popular destination for foreign employment seekers in the Himalayan nation.
According to information available on the website of Lebanon’s Ministry of Information, the arrestees have already “confessed to the crime attributed to them, and admitted having contacted by phone the embassies of the Israeli enemy in Turkey, Jordan, Britain and Nepal in order to collaborate with it and provide it with information”.
Although three other nationalities were also arrested along with the Nepali women, the Nepali citizens may be in far greater legal trouble given the statement talks more about them than the rest. The General Directorate of General Security had arrested two local Lebanese and a Palestine refugee, the statement read.
According to the statement of the Lebanese information ministry, the two Nepalis were in touch with the Israeli government entities, that is, Israeli embassies in Turkey, Jordan, England and Nepal.
“Investigations also revealed that the two Nepalese who were arrested were active in recruiting domestic workers, from the Nepalese community in Lebanon, in favor of the Israeli enemy, through providing them with the phone number of the Israeli Embassy in Nepal to communicate with it and gather for its sake information on their sponsors; information that serve the intelligence service of the Israeli enemy (the Mossad),” the Ministry of Information said.
It remains to be seen what the Nepali government has to say in this regard.