– AN ISRAELI ISIS CELL OF 7 UNCOVERED
Seven ISRAELI ARABS from the Galilee were arrested in late 2014 on suspicion of attempting to establish cells for the Islamic State ( I.S.I.S) in Israel, it was cleared for publication on Sunday 01/18/2015. According to Shin Bet, the Israeli security service officials, one of the suspects tried to purchase weapons for use in a terror attack against security personnel and members of the Druze community in the name of ISIS. They were indicted in Haifa District Court on Sunday. The charges include membership and activity in an illegal organization, supporting a terrorist group and an attempt to make contact with a foreign agent.
The group initially comprised brothers Karim & Charif Abu Salah from Sakhnin, aged 21 and 30, respectively; their cousin Ala Mohammed Abu Salah, 28; relative Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Salah, also 28; Fadi Bashir, the 28-year-old son of a former Sakhnin mayor; and 30-year-old Hosam Marisat, a friend of the Abu Salah brothers from Deir Hana..
The six would meet in the Sakhnin area and discuss radical Islam, for which they all expressed support, while being divided over whether to support Islamic State or the Jabhat al-Nusra Front. Ultimately, in June 2014, they decided to support Islamic State and discussed ways to help the organization and even join it. After this, they met Adnan Jamil Ala a-Din from Nazareth via Facebook.
Adnan Ala a-Din, 40; an attorney from Nazareth, a former public defender, who has branded himself the “Islamic State chief of staff in Palestine.” In 09/2014, following operation ‘Protective Edgew in Gaza Stripp Adnan Jamil Ala a-Din posted jihadi comments in Facebook
.Shin Bet officials said that the suspects admitted during questioning that they had formed a group over the past year devoted to Salafist Jihadist ideology, which advocates global jihad, and declared later on that they were loyal to ISIS. According to the Shin Bet officials, some members of the organization attended several meetings with a high-ranking sheikh of the Salafist Jihadist movement who is well known in the Northern Israel.
According to the Shin Bet officials, at the meetings the members of the group learned how to prepare Molotov cocktails “and how to slaughter animals as mental preparation for slaughtering ‘infidels’ on Syrian soil,” as the Shin Bet’s statement read. Shin Bet officials also said that the members of the cell were in contact over the Internet with Islamic State operatives in Syria, among them Israeli citizens who had traveled to Syria earlier.
According to the indictment, the group met at a horse ranch in the Arab village of Kafr Manda, in the Galilee. There the seven practiced making firebombs and other makeshift weapons. They also attempted to raise funds for their hoped-for trip to Syria, which, according to the legal documents, puts the price of joining Islamic State at $1,500. They also bought sheep to practice
Karim Abu-Salah, one of the arrested men, was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport in 07/2014 when he attempted to travel to Syria to join jihadist fighters there. Shin Bet officials said that Karim admitted during his interrogation that he had tried to purchase arms for carrying out shooting attacks in Israel against security personnel and members of the Druze community in the name of Islamic State. Several other residents of Sakhnin who were allegedly involved in the arms purchase were also arrested.
Shin Bet officials also said that resident of the southern town of Arara had been arrested for alleged connections with ISIS. The man, Omar Abu Kush, 28, graduated recently from medical school at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). He was arrested on 11/20/2014 and indicted in Be’er Sheva District Court on charges of contact with a foreign agent, supporting a terrorist organization, and writing, preparing, producing and publishing documents and property of an outlawed organization.
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