Tuesday, August 9th | 12 Av 5782

May 14, 2014 4:28 pm

Israeli Arab Arrested for Joining Syrian Jihadist Group

avatar by JNS.org

The flag of the Syrian al-Qaeda-affiliated group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said it has arrested an Israeli Arab man on suspicion that he fought with a jihadist group in Syria.

The suspect, Ahmed Hiri Shurbaji, 23, was allegedly traveling to Syria in January, along with three other Israeli Arab men, to join the al-Qaeda-affiliated group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.

In Syria, Shurbaji learned military combat training, participated in battles against the Syrian army, and was indoctrinated in jihadist ideology, according to the Shin Bet.

Related coverage

August 8, 2022 6:27 am

Israel Re-Opens Gaza Crossings as Truce With Palestinians Holds

Israel reopened border crossings into Gaza on Monday following an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with the militant Islamic Jihad group that ended...

“In his investigation, Shurbaji admitted he went to Syria to join the struggle against the Syrian army,” the Shin Bet said in a statement.

Shurbaji was arrested April 20 upon attempting to return to Israel. The three other Israeli Arab men have not yet attempted to return.

“The trend of Arab Israelis leaving for Syria entails great danger to the State of Israel,” the Shin Bet said.

According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terror Information Center, there are more than 5,000 foreign Arab fighters in Syria.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.