Is­raeli Arab ac­cused of Daesh ter­ror plot

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY IS­ABEL DE BERTODANO

AN IS­RAELI Arab cit­i­zen has been ac­cused of plot­ting to blow up an Tel Aviv bus with the help of ter­ror group Daesh.

Anas Haj Ye­hiye was ar­rested last month but his name and de­tails of the charges against him were only re­leased this week.

The Shin Bet se­cu­rity ser­vice in Is­rael said there was ev­i­dence he had “been in con­tact with Daesh op­er­a­tives and had dis­sem­i­nated both ex­trem­ist ma­te­rial and knowl­edge re­gard­ing the pro­duc­tion of ex­plo­sives”.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Haj Ye­hiye had in­tended to cre­ate a Daesh cell in Is­rael with the aim of re­cruit­ing oth­ers and com­mit­ting acts of ter­ror­ism.

“Haj Ye­hiye was asked to ini­ti­ate a bus at­tack in Tel Aviv and against IDF sol­diers but the plans were never re­alised,” said the Shin Bet.

“He swore al­le­giance to Is­lamic State leader Abu Bakr-al-Bagh­dadi and had con­sid­ered go­ing to Syria in or­der to join in the fight­ing.”

The Shin Bet be­lieves at least 50 Arab Is­raelis have trav­elled to Iraq and Syria to join Daesh in re­cent years, but it is un­usual for ter­ror re­cruits in Is­rael to plan at­tacks at home.

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