Israeli-Arab Man Convicted for Joining ISIS in Iraq
JNS.org – An Israeli-Arab man was convicted on Tuesday on several charges related to involvement with the Islamic State terror group in Iraq.
The Haifa District Court found Wissam Zabidat, 42, guilty of membership in a terrorist organization, membership in an illegal group, illegal military training and contact with a foreign agent.
Israel’s Shin Bet security agency had said last October that Zabidat traveled to Iraq with his 30-year-old wife, Sabrin, and their three children. The husband fought among Islamic State’s ranks, studied the group’s religious ideology, served as a guard at Islamic State facilities and participated in raids on Iraqi army posts. His wife worked in a hospital affiliated with the terror group. The family stayed in Iraq for more than a year before returning to Israel.
The husband and wife received separate trials. In March, Sabrin Zabidat was sentenced to 50 months in prison.