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Israeli Arab Indicted for Helping Syrian Rebels

Prosecutors on Monday filed an indictment against an Israeli Arab accused of going to Syria to train with and help the rebels there
By David Lev
First Publish: 11/18/2013, 5:37 PM

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Syrian rebels
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Prosecutors on Monday filed an indictment against a 25 year old Arab resident of the village of Jaljulye. The Arab man is accused of going to Syria to train with and help the rebels against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the indictment, the suspect entered Syria via Turkey. He then joined the rebels, with whom he agrees ideologically, to fight the Assad regime. While in Syria, he joined two rebel units, serving with one or the other of them for a total of three months. He went through a thorough training program, learning how to use various weapons, set off roadside bombs, and how to smuggle weapons into secured areas.

Officials in Israel expressed concern that the unnamed suspect could use his newly-learned skills to help local terrorists to carry out attacks in Israeli cities. In a statement, prosecutors said that the recent phenomenon of Israeli Arabs joining the Syrian rebels “is a clear and present danger to the security of Israel.”

There have been numerous incidents of Israeli Arabs traveling to Syria to help the rebels. In August, a Taibe resident was arrested for illegally entering Syria and fighting with the Global Jihad rebel group. After his arrest, he told investigators that rebels asked him to carry out a suicide bombing targeting Assad’s regime, but he refused.

He added that he had been asked many questions about Israel and the IDF, including questions regarding IDF weaponry and the nuclear plant in Dimona. He said he was asked to carry out a suicide bombing in Israel, but refused that suggestion as well.