[ABC] An Australian man has been jailed in Israel after being found guilty of collaborating with the militant organisation Hamas.
Eyad Abu Arga has been sentenced to 30 months in jail after being found guilty of providing services to an illegal organisation – namely Hamas, the Palestinian group that rules Gaza.
Israel alleges he carried out surveillance work, including sourcing information and technology to improve the accuracy of missile strikes, and to find ways of knowing whether a phone had been tapped.
He had originally pleaded not guilty, but he recently made a plea bargain with prosecutors to admit to one charge in return for a jail sentence.
Another charge was dropped.
Eyad Abu Arga has been in custody since March, when he was arrested as he arrived at Tel Aviv airport.
He is a Palestinian refugee who grew up on the Arabian Gulf but later moved to Australia and took out Australian citizenship.
More recently he and his family have lived in Saudi Arabia, where Israel alleges he was recruited by Hamas to carry out espionage.