6 Israeli Arabs, including 4 teachers, arrested for Islamic State sympathies

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Israel’s Shin Bet security agency has arrested six Israeli Arab Bedouin men for allegedly supporting the Islamic State terrorist organization. 

According to the Shin Bet, the six men—four of whom were school teachers—all hailed from the southern Negev town of Hura and were arrested over the last two months for taking part in secret meetings to discuss Islamic State doctrine and to spread propaganda among family and friends. They planned to ultimately join Islamic State in Syria, the Jerusalem Post reported. 

Islamic State was declared an illegal terrorist organization in 2014 by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The suspects were indicted on a number of charges, including “distribution of an illegal organization’s materials, support for a terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country.”

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett called for the arrested teachers to have their education licenses revoked.

“Terrorists will not be teachers,” said Bennett, who added, “We will take a tough stance towards teachers who used their role in a despicable way and instead of protecting their students, harmed them. We have zero tolerance towards those who harm our country.”

Posted on July 6, 2015 .