2 Israeli Arabs Indicted for Attempting to Join ISIS in Syria

By Yoni Weiss

The State Prosecutor on Monday filed an indictment with the Hadera Magistrates Court against two Israeli Arabs, Abed al-Mahadi Gabareen and Nayim Gabareen, accused of planning to join ISIS in Syria.

Residents of the northern Arab community of Ar’ara, the two face charges of attempting to join a terror group and attempting to leave Israel unlawfully. According to the indictment, they became acquainted after praying in a mosque in Umm al-Fahm, where Abed al-Mahadi served as an imam. In May 2024, they planned to travel to Syria via Turkey to join ISIS, participate in its operations, and fight against Shiite Muslims, whom they consider heretics.

The suspects purchased plane tickets to Istanbul with a connection through Athens and booked a hotel room in Istanbul. They intended to travel to Gaziantep, near the Syrian border, and from there cross into Syria. They were arrested on June 11 at Ben Gurion International Airport during a security check.

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