Israel arrests 5 Islamic State followers from Nazareth

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli security forces arrested five Arab youths from Nazareth on suspicion of planning terror attacks on behalf of Islamic State, the Shin Bet security agency said Tuesday.

The men—ages 18, 18, 22, 23, and 27—went through a radicalization process in which they trained with weapons and held secret meetings expressing allegiance to Islamic State. The Shin Bet said, “It emerged that in the past year, the youths obtained firearms and trained with them, while becoming more devout during meetings they held. They expressed support for ISIS, and praised the jihad against infidels.”

Both the Shin Bet and the Israel Police Northern District carried out the arrests during October and November. The Arab men, who came from the Suleiman clan in the northern part of Nazareth, were charged with illegal possession of weapons, participating in illegal meetings, and supporting an illegal organization.

Posted on December 8, 2015 .