Jerusalem – An Israeli woman who was laid to rest today in Jerusalem at the age of 100 may be recalled by her family as a loving mother and grandmother, but is also remembered by many as a bold Mossad spy who risked her life during the infancy of the State of Israel by gathering information on its enemies.
Shulamit Kishak Cohen was born in Argentina, according to Maariv (http://bit.ly/2qEMh6c), moving to Jerusalem as a young girl. After her marriage she moved to Beirut where she was able to gather information for the Haganah in the days before the Israel declared its statehood in 1948.
Cohen continued her intelligence efforts even after Israel established its independence, procuring information for the Mossad on both Lebanon and Syria, and NBC News (http://nbcnews.to/2qEZps3) reported that she was smuggled Jews into Israel in the 1950s.
Cohen was captured by Lebanese security forces in 1961 and was tortured extensively before being sentenced to death, a ruling that was eventually overturned on appeal.
Cohen completed most of a seven year jail sentence before she was released in a prisoner exchange after the Six Day War in 1967. A 1980 book titled Shula: Code Name the Pearl, detailed the story of Cohen’s espionage efforts describing her as “Israel’s Own Mata Hari.”
Once freed from jail, Cohen and her family returned to Israel and she lived out the remainder of her life in Jerusalem.
Cohen’s funeral took place this afternoon at the Sephardic funeral home in Givat Shaul.