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September 29, 2014 11:02 am

Israeli-Arab Teacher Arrested for Suspected Affiliation With ISIS, Admits Bringing Material From Jordan

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Islamic State paraphernalia that was found at the home of Israeli Arab teacher Mahmoud Mehamid. Photo: Israel Police.

JNS.org – An Israeli Arab high school teacher was arrested Monday on suspicion of supporting the Islamic State terror organization after a search of his Umm al-Fahm home revealed Islamic State flags and jihadist propaganda materials.

Twenty-four-year-old Mahmoud Mehamid teaches a class on Islam at Atid High School in Kafr Qara. The Hadera Magistrates’ Court remanded him in custody until Wednesday. Local Police Superintendent Shimon Ben-Shabo said the suspect had returned from a trip to Jordan, where he said he got the Islamic State materials, including a flag, scarves, and books.

“A search of the suspect’s house revealed the flag and laptop computers,” Ben-Shabo said, according to Israel Hayom. “He admitted that he had traveled to Jordan for his studies and claimed that the seized items were for his work.”

One of Mehamid’s relatives said that he is the cousin of a young man from Nazareth who left Israel to train with Islamic State in Syria. “This is a young man with no criminal past who recently became very connected to his religion, but not in a jihadist way, just in a religious way,” the relative said.

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