Eli Cohen

Israeli spy (1924–1965)

Eliahu ben Shaoul Cohen (Hebrew: אֱלִיָּהוּ בֵּן שָׁאוּל כֹּהֵן, 16 December 1924 – 18 May 1965) was a famous Israeli spy. He worked for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. He was caught and executed in Damascus, Syria. His burial place is unknown and his body was never returned to Israel despite repeated requests by his widow and his family to bring him to be buried in Israel. A memorial tomb was built for him in the Garden of the Missing Soldiers in the national military and police cemetery in Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. His story of his life and his work for the Israeli secret services are documented in the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C..

Eli Cohen hanged in Damascus
Empty grave of Eli Cohen at Mount Herzl

Cohen was born in Alexandria, Egypt and died at the age of 40.

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