After reports that an Israeli Arab had been killed fighting for Islamic State (aka ISIS) in Iraq, Israeli police said that the rumors that at least three other Arabs had gone to fight for the Islamist group were correct. The identities of the three are known, police said and the information on their identities and activities has been forwarded to the IDF, Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), and other security agencies.
The three are said to be residents of Kfar Yafi'a, a village near Nazareth. All are in their 20s, police said. The three left Israel several weeks ago for Turkey, ostensibly to celebrate the recent Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday, but their families lost contact with them after several days. A fourth man who had accompanied them returned to Israel, and informed their families that they had “made their choice to fight against the army of [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad.”
Police were also informed about the incident, and they have confirmed the story.
According to authorities, some 30 Israeli Arabs are already fighting for ISIS, the Al-Qaeda Al-Nusra group, or other smaller rebel groups in Syria and Iraq.
Speaking to reporters, a relative of one of the youths said that it was the family that reported him missing, in the hope that police could track him down. “We also asked Arab MKs to intervene in this incident. We really would like them to come home.”
Over the weekend, it was reported that 23 year old Ahmad Habashi from Iksal in northern Israel near Nazareth, was killed on Saturday in the Ramadi area to the west of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad fighting for the brutal Islamic State (ISIS) terror group in Syria. According to additional report, Habashi joined the terror group at the start of the year together with four other residents of Israel's north.
Reportedly, the terrorist was in Syria for several months before continuing on to Iraq, where he eventually killed while waging jihad.
The terrorist is in fact not the first Arab citizen of Israel to be killed while fighting for Islamic State; several months ago a resident of Wadi Ara in the north died fighting for the group in Syria.