Two Israeli Arabs from Umm al-Fahm have been indicted for carrying out actions in support of the Islamic State organization. Two brothers, Mahmoud Jabarin, 25, and Naim Jabarin, 20, were arrested in July by the Shin Bet security service.
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Mahmoud was charged with having contacts with a foreign agent and Naim was charged with illegal possession of a weapon. A homemade Carl Gustav submachine gun, known colloquially as the Carlo, was found on the roof of their home during a search.
The two are suspected of supporting the Islamic State ideologically, says the Shin Bet, and Mahmoud is suspected of being in contact with an ISIS member, who was originally from Umm al-Fahm, in order to join the fighting in Syria. Naim allegedly swore loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader and self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State. Naim is also suspected of being an ISIS activist too, said the Shin Bet.
The indictment was filed with the Haifa District Court.
Israelis who support the Islamic State, and especially those who are in contact with the organization’s activists and go fight in its ranks, are a serious security threat, said the Shin Bet in a statement.
The Shin Bet said it would continue to watch such suspects and take the necessary action against them to prevent the spread of the Islamic State’s doctrine in Israel, as well as preventing Israelis from going to fight on the group’s behalf.
The Islamic State is “in retreat and even in distress” and the organization is trying to paint a much rosier picture of the situation, wrote the Shin Bet in its statement.