Six Arab residents of a town in the Negev, four of them teachers, have been arrested on charges of operating a cell for the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization, Israeli authorities released for publication on Monday.
Working with local police, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested the men, all Arab residents of the Negev town of Hura.
Investigators say that the cell members held a secret study group centered on ISIS’s radical Islamist ideology, and some were engaged in trying to recruit friends and family members to the cause.
The teachers in the group reportedly used their positions in school to influence their students to join ISIS, as well.
Other teachers and staff members at the Negev school have been questioned under suspicion of withholding information about their colleagues’ jihadist activities. The head teacher denies having any knowledge of the alleged extremist activity on the premises.
All six were indicted in a Be’er Sheva court on a range of terrorism-related charges.