Family of Israeli Arabs who joined Islamic State want to go back to Israel
The Shin Bet has warned of the security threat posed by Israelis joining IS after being exposed to propaganda disseminated by the group, primarily via the internet
Jerusalem : According to the Shin Bet, nearly 50 Israeli Arabs have joined jihadist forces in Syria.
A family of five Israeli Arabs who joined the Islamic State group and are now being held in custody by Turkish police want to go back to Israel, Haaretz reports.
Representatives of the Israeli embassy in Turkey are aware of the family’s request, but it is not yet clear whether it will be granted and if so, when they would return to Israel.
The family, originally from Sakhnin in the north of Israel, consists of the father, mother and three children. They traveled to Romania in June to visit the mother’s brother, who was studying there, according to Haaretz.
After disappearing, their extended family eventually learned that they had traveled on to Turkey and from there entered Syria and are suspected of having reached IS-controlled territory.
Their family back in Sakhnin reportedly tried to talk their relatives into returning to Israel, while informing the Foreign Ministry and Israeli security officials of the situation.
According to Haaretz, one of the relatives said that after fleeing Syria in the wake of worsening fighting and IS losses, the family were arrested after crossing back into Turkey.
In June, it was reported that an Israeli Arab was arrested at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on suspicion of trying to join IS in Syria.
Ibrahim Hassan Yousef Ighbarieh, born in 1993 and a resident of the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm, was influenced by Islamic State propaganda videos and online content, it emerged during his investigation.
According to the Shin Bet internal security agency, nearly 50 Israeli Arabs have joined jihadist forces in Syria, mainly entering through Turkey. At least four were killed in fighting there, and over 10 have been arrested upon returning to Israel.
The Shin Bet has warned of the security threat posed by Israelis joining IS after being exposed to propaganda disseminated by the group, primarily via the internet.
In August last year, two Israeli-Arab men were indicted on charges of attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria.
Source : i24 News