Two Bedouin Women From Israel's South Charged With Plotting ISIS Attack

The 19-year-old women are accused of swearing allegiance to the organization, trying to enlist supporters and plotting bombing attack on New Year's Eve

19-year-olds Rahman al-Assad (left) and Tasnin al-Assad from Bedouin town of Lakiya in southern Israel.
Shin Bet security services

Two teenage Bedouin women from Israel's south region were charged Monday with planned to carry out an attack on behalf of the Islamic State group, Shin Bet security services said in a statement. 

19-year-olds Rahman al-Assad and Tasnin al-Assad from the Bedouin town of Lakiya are accused of swearing allegiance to the organization, trying to enlist supporters and plotting a deadly terror attack against Israelis and Jews.

A 24-year-old man, Ahmad Abu Ramila, was also charged in connection to the plot with contacting a foreign agent, conspiracy to commit a crime, and destroying evidence for erasing his communication with the women.

 A gag order was placed on their arrests in late December prior to the indictments submitted to the Be'er Sheva District Court.

The women, acccording to the indictment, had plans to travel abroad with the intention to join the Islamic State's affiliate in Egypt's Sinai region, saying the teens made contact with the group sometime last year.

According to the indictment, the group requested the women explore the possibility of carrying out an attack in Israel. Tasnin was asked to visit Ben-Gurion University to determine whether they could bring in a bomb. After visiting, they determined such a venture impossible.

Upon request to consider the Be'er Sheva central bus station as a site for attack, the women refused, citing the amount of Muslim citizens of Israel who pass through.

The indictment also wrote that Rahma al-Assad contacted Abu Ramila inquiring whether he would assist in an attack during New Year’s Eve celebrations. He refused to carry out the attack, but Rahma insisted. According to the indictment, Tasnin attempted to help Abu Ramila get out of committing the attack.

A gag order was placed on their arrests in late December prior to the indictments submitted to the Be'er Sheva District Court. It is unclear whether the two women are related.