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In mid-January, Lebanese national Haig M. was arrested by security forces on charges of communicating with Israelis – a treasonous act while Lebanon remains in a state of war with its southern neighbor.In the past four months alone, The Daily Star reported over six individuals have been detained by State Security on charges of communicating or collaborating with Israel. But with the rise of the internet and globalization, innocent interactions between Lebanese and Israelis have become more difficult to avoid. According to a statement from State Security, M., who has a strong personal and professional social media presence, had been found to be communicated with people in Israel. Social media, however, is not the only avenue nowadays through which Lebanese are more likely to encounter Israelis.Under the 1955 Israeli boycott law that is enforced by the Economy and Trade Ministry, Lebanese nationals are forbidden to enter any financial or trade agreement directly or indirectly with Israel.However, Meouchi could not say whether all interactions between Lebanese and Israelis are consistently prosecuted.According to Mohamad Najam, co-director of the Social Media Exchange (SMEX), Law 140, also known as the "eavesdropping law," allows for the interception of all electronic communication in cases of threats against national security.
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