Shin Bet arrests two Arab-Israelis for ISIS involvement

2 brothers accused of supporting ISIS

Two Arab-Israelis arrested over suspected membership of Islamic State

Mahmoud Abd Al-Karim Qassem Jabarin, 25, and Naim Abd Al-Karim Qassem Jabarin, 20, were arrested by police on July 17 in the village of Umm Al-Fahm, Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, said in a statement on Friday.

Some of them were arrested for planning to travel to Syria or Iraq to fight alongside the jihadists, or on their return to Israel, others for contacts on the internet with IS militants overseas or for planning attacks.

Two Israeli-Arab brothers have been arrested and indicted for supporting the Islamic State terror group.

According to the Shin Bet, authorities received information that Mahmoud Jabarin was planning to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.

The Islamic State flag Credit Wikimedia Commons
The Islamic State flag Credit Wikimedia Commons

According to the investigation, Mahmoud meant to leave Israel to join ISIS in Syria with the aid of a former Umm el-Fahm resident who has been in Syria since 2014. The former IS fighter allegedly agreed to help Mahmoud make his way to the war-torn country.

The Shin Bet believes Na'im owned the Carlo-style automatic submachine gun that was found on the roof of the brothers' home. During a search of their residence, numerous photographs, videos and other Islamic State propaganda was found, in addition to a Carlo submachine gun in the attic.

Aside from being charged with swearing allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Muhamad was accused of being in contact with a foreign agent while Naim was charged with possession a firearm.

Israelis who support the Islamic State, and especially those who are in contact with the organization's activists and go fight in its ranks, are a serious security threat, said the Shin Bet in a statement.

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