Israeli-Arab Siblings to Go to Prison for Aiding Hamas

Two Israeli-Arab lawyers, brother and sister, were sentenced to prison sentences by the Jerusalem District Court.

Shirin ran the al-Quds Commercial Law Service in eastern Jerusalem while her 42-year-old brother had an office next door. The siblings built a network of eastern Jerusalem lawyers with blue Israeli ID cards who were sent on missions to prisons in exchange for money.

They were exposed by an extended undercover investigation by the Israel Security Agency.

Ultimately, six lawyers and two office directors were charged with contacting a foreign agent, giving services to an unlawful association and using property for the purpose of terror.

They were convicted in December 2015 of exploiting their position as lawyers to run a communication network between Hamas and Islamic Jihad prisoners and leaders.

The brother, 42-year-old Medhat Issawi, received eight years in prison while his sister, 37-year-old Shireen Issawi, received a sentence of four years.