Israel said to question Iranian blogger after letting her in from Turkey


Neda Amin, an Iranian-born blogger who was granted entry to Israel from Turkey, has been questioned by the Shin Bet security service, Reuters reported on Friday, quoting a Shin Bet statement and an unnamed Israeli official.

Amin, a blogger and freelancer at The Times of Israel’s Persian website, said she was “okay” and “free.” The official confirmed to Reuters that Amin was not under arrest.

An Iranian-born journalist, blogger and rights activist who was critical of the Iranian regime, Amin was allowed into Israel on humanitarian grounds in August after she contacted The Times of Israel and said her life was in danger in Turkey. She has since been following official procedures to obtain permanent resettlement rights in Israel.

Reuters said she was questioned on suspicion of illegal communication with Iran. A Shin Bet statement said that, since arriving Israel, Amin communicated with “Iranian representatives” and was questioned about this by the security service. It said an Israeli security official said the people with whom Amin was said to be communicating were in Iran and were not her relatives.

Amin was not under arrest, the Israeli official told the news agency, reportedly adding: “Whether there is a (criminal) case here is still being investigated.”

“I‘m okay. I‘m free, and I‘m at the home of a friend,” Amin told the news agency. “I don’t want to speak about this topic now.”

Amin, originally from Tehran, added that her father was Jewish and mother Muslim. “My idea and my belief is that I am Jewish,” she said.

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