A 24year-old teacher who was caught with Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda was sentenced to a 5,000 shekel ($1,352) fine and a week of house arrest, the Hadera Magistrate's Court ruled Sunday.
Mahmeed admitted, while under investigation, that he brought back the materials from Jordan, where he was studying. The propaganda included an ISIS flag and numerous papers and original literature on the topic of jihad, or holy war.
But he denied that the propaganda was incriminatory, however - telling Channel 10 upon leaving the courtroom Sunday that the material was "for the sake of a news story."
"All the books are Islamic textbooks, and the flag is just a Muslim symbol," he insisted to reporters.
The teacher's lawyer, Muhammad Aghbariya, also insisted that the materials were harmless - and the story, a setup.
"From the beginning we said that this story is a complete fiction," Aghbariya stated. "My client denies any connection to the ISIS organization and everything found in his possession are Islamic symbols."
"All extensions of his detention were in vain," he insisted. "Everything is an invention of the police and the Shin Bet [Israel Security Agency - ed.]."
Thought ISIS has no known presence in Israel, security services are concerned that sympathizers could still pose a threat.
There has also been an alarming amount of support for the group among Arab citizens of Israel, including some flying ISIS flags and posting praise for the group on Facebook and other social media sites.
And last month saw the first conviction of an Israeli Arab who had returned after fighting alongside the jihadi group in Syria.