Israeli Arab family seeking return to Israel after joining Islamic State


( An Israeli Arab family, who moved to Syria allegedly to join the Islamic State (IS), has fled to Turkey with the hope of returning to Israel, reported Channel 2 news on Aug. 31.

The northern Israeli city of Sakhnin. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The family of five, originally from the mostly Muslim city of Sakhnin in northern Israel, joined IS over a year ago. The family traveled to Romania for a relative's graduation ceremony, then told family they would continue to Turkey for a vacation. Days later, the family told relatives they were joining IS in Syria.

The mother's father recently convinced them to return to Israel and made arrangements to meet in Turkey where he could work on their re-entry.

Israel continues to discover cases of Israeli Arab citizens attempting to join IS including two Israeli Arab men, who were indicted in July for plotting to join the terror group in Syria.

Posted on September 1, 2016 .