A resident of Jerusalem’s Sur Baher neighborhood has been sentenced to 26 months in jail for trying to join the Islamic State. In a plea bargain, he also received an eight-month suspended sentence.
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According to the indictment, 24-year-old Lukman Atun traveled to eastern Turkey in August 2015, seeking to cross the border into Syria and join the Islamic State. A smuggler demanded $2,000 to take him across; Atun did not have the money and returned to Israel.
Upon his return he set up a study group for teaching Islamic State ideology. Group members watched Islamic State videos and discussed ways of joining the organization.
Atun helped two other people make contact with the Islamic State in Syria and advised them on how to link up with the group. These two, who also failed to get through, were sentenced to 19 months in prison.
In the plea bargain, Atun confessed to supporting a terror group, trying to join one and exiting the country illegally.
“The severity of these offenses is clear; in the evil spectrum of the terror groups, ISIS is on the most extreme and murderous side, far beyond other groups,” Judge Yaron Mientkavich said.