Israeli Arab convicted for joining Islamic State


( An Israeli-Arab man was convicted Tuesday on several charges related to involvement with the Islamic State terror group in Iraq. 

The Islamic State flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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.

Posted on June 13, 2017 .