Israeli Convert to Islam Indicted for Trying to Join ISIS
JNS.org – Israel’s Nazareth District Court indicted Wednesday a man on charges of making contact with a foreign agent, attempting illegal travel to an enemy state and obstructing justice.
According to the indictment, Valentin Vladimir Mazalevsky, 39, was also in contact with Islamic State operatives and had in his possession content supplied by the terrorist group.
Mazalevsky, a resident of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam in northern Israel, had allegedly intended to join an IS cell in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula or Syria.
“Mazalevsky immigrated to Israel from Belarus in 1996 and converted to Islam in 2000 during his military service, after having met his wife, a resident of Shibli,” Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said. The couple has five children.
In January, Mazalevsky wrote about his plans to join the terrorist organization to a group of Russian supporters of IS via the Telegram messaging app.
Mazalevsky was arrested at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport as he prepared to depart for Turkey, from where he had planned to be transported to Syria to join the terrorist group, as per instructions provided by an IS operative with whom Mazalevsky had been in contact.
Mazalevsky also admitted during interrogation that this plan was his way of undertaking the obligation of every Muslim to live under IS rule and to strengthen their religious beliefs.