Israeli Arab man indicted over joining Islamic State

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( A 20-year-old Israeli Arab man was charged in the Nazareth District Court on Sunday with joining the Islamic State terrorist group.

According to the indictment, submitted by attorney Orit Korin from the Northern District Prosecution, Mahran Khaldi of Nazareth flew to Turkey in 2014, then crossed the border to Syria to join Islamic State. There, Khaldi met three other Israeli Arabs from Kfar Yafia, near Nazareth.

Khaldi was later deployed to Iraq, near Fallujah, and took part in a number of battles. He was seriously wounded in his abdomen and lost his left hand, apparently in anti-Islamic State coalition airstrikes. After recovering in Turkey, Khaldi’s father came to meet him and the two flew back to Israel, where Khaldi was arrested after arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport.

“The accused confessed to having been in Syria and being wounded in Iraq, but out of serious regret decided to return to Israel,” said Khaldi’s attorney, Hussein Abu Hussein, Israel Hayom reported.

Posted on February 2, 2015 .