(January 8, 2018 / JNS)
Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, in a coordinated initiative with the IDF, arrested two Israeli-Arab women last month on charges of being in direct contact with the Islamic State terror group, incitement and plotting a terror attack.
A Shin Bet investigation revealed that Rahma Al-Assad and Tasnin Al-Assad, both 19, from the Bedouin town of Lakiya in the Negev, sought to carry out terror attacks against Jews in Israel. According to the Shin Bet, the Arab terror suspects “considered various options” to carry out an attack and had been in contact with Islamic State terror operatives abroad.
The two women also intended to travel outside of Israel to join the terror group, and had posted content on social media praising Islamic State and inciting terrorism against Jews and Israel.
In August 2017, two Israeli-Arab brothers were arrested and indicted for supporting Islamic State. Last March, the Shin Bet disclosed that an Israeli-Arab citizen was arrested on suspicion of transferring funds to the terror group.