Yesterday, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported that prominent actor and playwright Ziad Itani was arrested on suspicion of “collaborating with the Israeli enemy.”


Itani Photo credit: Facebook/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Friday), Lebanese security forces arrested actor and playwright Ziad Itani on suspicion of “collaborating with the Israeli enemy.”

In a statement published by the country’s National News Agency, the Lebanese State Security claimed the arrest came “after several months of monitoring, follow-up and investigations.” According to the report, during his investigation, Itani confessed and provided details of the missions that he was asked to carry out in Lebanon.


Doueiri Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

The actor admitted to monitoring groups of senior-level political officials and establishing ties with their associates in order to obtain detailed information about their lives. In addition, Itani provided Israel with information on two prominent political figures in Lebanon, whose identities were not revealed.

Itani is the second Lebanese director to be arrested within two months on suspicion of maintaining contact with Israel. In September, director Ziad Doueiri was detained in Beirut after returning from the Venice Film Festival. According to Doueiri, he was detained because part of his previous movie, The Attack, was filmed in Israel and included Israeli actors.