Shin Bet arrests Israeli citizen for transferring funds to Islamic State


( Israel’s Shin Bet security agency Monday disclosed that an Israeli citizen was recently arrested on suspicion of transferring funds to the Islamic State terror group.

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Shin Bet stated that Tzaber Knaneh, 25, a resident of the predominantly Arab city of Nazareth, was arrested in early March in a joint operation between the Shin Bet and Israel Police. 

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Knaneh had allegedly been in contact with Islamic State operatives and supported the terror group’s ideology. The suspect had been in contact with his brother “prior to the latter’s death” and with Arab-Israeli citizen Muhammad Keilani, who currently serves among Islamic State’s ranks “in Syria or Iraq,” the Shin Bet said.

Keilana allegedly informed Knaheh of his brother’s death in 2016 and reportedly assisted with the transfer of funds from Israel to Iraq, aided by a moneychanger in the Palestinian city of Jenin. 

For his alleged involvement in a money transfer to a terrorist operative, Knaneh is liable for aiding and abetting the perpetration of terror attacks, according to Israeli law.

Posted on March 27, 2017 .