Five Israeli Arabs Sentenced for Attempting to Establish Islamic State Cells

An Islamic Jihad militant stands on top of a mosque during the funeral of Haithem Arafat, 23, who was killed on Friday in clashes with Israeli soldiers, on March 27, 2010, Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. Two Israeli soldiers and at least one Palestinian militant were killed Friday, during clashes on …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: The Haifa District Court on Thursday sentenced five Israelis to jail terms of between two-and-a-half and six years as part of a plea bargain for their role in attempting to set up a branch of Islamic State in the country.

The five defendants, out of an initial seven who were indicted, were part of a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel and target Druse, security personnel and others.

The defendants were charged with membership and activity in a banned organization (then-defense minister Moshe Ya’alon banned ISIS as of September 2014), aiding a terrorist group and attempted contact with a foreign agent, for their plot to set up a branch of ISIS in Israel and eventually fight in Syria.

All seven defendants were arrested in a joint Shin Bet-Israel Police operation in November and December 2014, but the case was kept under a gag order until the Haifa court removed it when the indictment was filed in January 2015.

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