Due to a uncommon glimpse contained in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s huge penal institution in Tehran, Fox Information has obtained unique details about Iranians condemned to harsh sentences for mere contact with Israelis, together with, for one, a betrayal by Turkish intelligence — an alleged ally of the U.S.
“A girl who was incarcerated in Tehran’s infamous Evin Jail — the place the regime retains most of its political prisoners — was arrested leaving the Israeli embassy in Ankara by Turkish intelligence,” a supply advised Fox Information. Ankara, nevertheless, deported her to Iran and into the palms of the Revolutionary Guards, the supply stated.
The Turkish authorities below the rule of political Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ostensibly an ally of the US as a result of Turkey is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO).
The Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a Overseas Terrorist Group, and that classification stays in pressure. The Guards have been accountable for the murders of tons of of Individuals within the Center East.
The supply, who declined to be named, stated the girl “had been given 16 years on espionage and terrorism costs. She had an Iranian boyfriend whom she had met in Europe and who she says works as a physician for the IDF [Israel Defense Forces].”
The supply added that “the girl had visited Tel Aviv with him on her Iranian passport and probably was concerned in doing one thing for the Israelis. She is a working towards Muslim and would pray frequently but by some means felt drawn to or related to Israel.”
It was not the primary time Erdogan betrayed Israel. In 2013, Washington Publish columnist David Ignatius reported that Erdogan “is alleged to have disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of as much as 10 Iranians who had been assembly inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.”
The Resistance Axis Monitor group, which offers perception into “Iranian operations” within the Center East, tweeted on March 23: “Some common pro-IRGC Telegram channels declare that Turkish intelligence warned a few Mossad plot to assassination Qods Power financial deputy and former oil minister Rostam Qasemi in Lebanon yesterday, and that authorities foiled the plot.”
One other particular person has advised Fox Information that inside Iran’s prisons, “most of the anti-regime activists have been very pro-Israel, on the idea of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my good friend,’ and would say issues like ‘I really like Israel’ or ‘I want Israel would bomb Iran.’”
This supply introduced up the case of one other Iranian prisoner who had allegedly been given a five-year sentence for being in contact with folks in Israel. This particular person had posted feedback expressing sympathy for or curiosity in Israel on a Farsi-language web site about Israel that had been arrange by an Israeli NGO attempting to attain out to common Iranians.
“The prisoner was then contacted by this group and recorded a video in help of them,” the supply stated. “The person had been in contact by way of video name immediately with a few Israelis whom that they had met by way of this web site. The Iranian regime was monitoring them and arrested the prisoner due to these illicit communications and for posting one thing pro-Israel on-line, and charged them with espionage offenses. The prisoner remained very pro-Israel in jail and would brazenly speak about their curiosity in visiting Israel after their launch.”
In response to the supply, “The prisoner even hoped Israel would grant them asylum after their launch, as a result of they went to jail for Israel.”
The Islamic Republic has criminalized visits to Israel and has imprisoned Iranian Jews over time who managed to go to the Jewish state and returned to Iran. In 2020, the Iranian regime’s parliament handed a legislation outlawing any prearranged contact between Iranians and Israelis.
A 3rd case delivered to the eye of Fox Information concerned an Iranian prisoner who had been convicted of spying for the Mossad together with their associate, who efficiently fled Iran earlier than the prisoner was arrested. This prisoner allegedly owned an house in Tel Aviv and had visited Israel on quite a few events.
The revelation that Turkey broken a suspected Israeli asset in Ankara might set off new criticism of Erdogan’s authorities. Each the Trump and Biden administrations have expressed robust opposition to Erdogan’s buy of Russian S-400 missiles. Russia is hostile to NATO and critics view the Turkey-Russia alliance as endangering the NATO alliance.
Fox Information despatched press queries to the governments of Turkey and Israel and didn’t instantly obtain responses.
Benjamin Weinthal experiences on human rights within the Center East and is a fellow on the Basis for Protection of Democracies. Comply with him on Twitter @BenWeinthal