Israeli-Arab mother of 5 tried to join ISIS

44-year-old Israeli Arab from Shfaram, northern Israel, sentenced to 22 months in jail, hefty fine.

Orli Harari,

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A 44-year-old Israeli-Arab mother of five has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for attempting to join the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

According to the indictment against her, Ayman Kanjaw, a resident of the northern Israeli Arab town of Shfaram, attempted to travel to Turkey and from there cross the border into Syria - a commonly-used route for jihadist foreign fighters.

However, she was arrested en route and charged with establishing contact with a foreign agent and leaving the country illegally.

In addition to the prison sentence, Kanjaw was ordered to pay a 30,000 shekel fine.

The convicted terrorist was born in Nazareth, and has a PhD in Islamic studies.

She was convicted in Haifa Disctrict Court, where judge Tamar Sharon-Netanel described her actions as having "undermined the system of government, and the societal and social values which underlie the security of the country and its citizens."

Echoing assessments by security services that Israeli Arabs who join ISIS pose a real threat to national security upon returning - despite the defendant's claim she did not plan to ever return - she added: "The danger to the citizens of Israel and to the security of he state posed by the acts of the defendant is serious and real, even if that was not the intention of the defendant, as she claims."