Israel detains six Arab citizens accused of supporting ISIS

Six Bedouin citizens from Negev detained by Israeli Security Agency allegedly for supporting self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has announced that the country’s internal security agency, known as Sherut ha-Bitachon ha-Klali (SHABAK) detained six Arab citizens accusing them of supporting ISIS.

“ISA arrested 6 ISIS supporters in a Bedouin town of Houra, 4 are school teachers. A few of them planned to go Syria to join ISIS there,” spokesman Ofir Geldelman said in his official Twitter account.

The arrests were made public on Monday.

The four teachers and two additional suspects were charged in the Beersheba District court allegedly with supporting an illegal organisation, conspiring to commit a crime and illegally exiting the country together with a number of other charges.

ISIS was declared as an illegal organisation by Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon in September 2014.

According to a press release by SHABAK, the six Arab citizens were accused of holding secret meetings discussing ISIS ideology and watching propaganda videos and speeches of group leaders of the organisation.

Some of them were charged with planning to join ISIS to fight in Syria.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the suspects include Bashir Jabran Salim abu Alkyan (26) an elementary school teacher in Houra; Akram Al'ab Ahmed abu Alkyan (30) an elementary school teacher in Rahat; Muhammad Al'ab Ahmed abu Alkyan (27) a high school teacher in Houra; Khader Hassan abu Alkyan (27) from Houra; Sharif Shahada Rezek abu Alkyan, from Atir and Hamza Abed Ali Alkyan, a teacher from Houra.

Houra is a Bedouin town in southern Israel and one of seven Bedouin townships in the Negev desert.

The Bedouins of Negev, that is located in southern Israel, have been suffering from “Resettlement Plan” by Israel.

Last March, Israel destroyed thousands of acres of agricultural crops that belong to Bedouins.

More than 150,000 Bedouins live in Negev, including half who live in towns and others in “unrecognised’’ villages.

The villages are deprived of basic needs by Israeli government, such as electricity, connections to water lines, education, healthcare, roads and sewage to make way for Jewish settlers.

For over 60 years, the Bedouins have been facing displacements, home demolitions, dispossession of their own land due to Israel’s state policy.

The inhabitants, living there since the seventh century, are considered as “trespassers’’ by Israel.

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