Israel plans to revoke the citizenship of 19 Israelis including two Jews who converted to Islam for joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) .
“The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) provided the Interior Ministry a list of 20 Israelis who had joined the jihadist group, after a law proposed by Interior Minister Arye Deri went into effect this week allowing him to strip Israelis of their citizenship if they are members of foreign terrorist organizations,” a report in the Jerusalem Post quoting Israel’s Channel 2 said.
One man on the list is said to have died in fighting for the group as the list was compiled, the report said.
“The 20, who are mostly Israeli Arabs, also include two who were born Jewish and converted to Islam. The two, a 28-year-old woman from Ashdod and a 32-year-old man from Lod, were born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to Israel at a young age. They are said to have converted to Islam as adults and traveled to Syria to join the jihadist group,” it added.
An Israeli Arab who served as a combat soldier in the IDF and residents of the towns of Fureidis, Kafr Kassem, Jaljulya and Bueina, and of east Jerusalem, are among the other ISIS recruits.
According to the Shin Bet, some 60 Israelis have traveled to Syria or Iraq to fight with rebel groups including Islamic State. Several are reported to have been killed and fewer than 10 are estimated to have returned to Israel, either by their own accord or after being caught by Turkish authorities while trying to cross the border and deported back to Israel.
In March 2015, ISIS posted a video online that showed a young boy shooting an Israeli Arab identified as Muhammad Musallam from Jerusalem.
ISIS accused Musallam of having joined the group to spy for Israel’s spy agency Mossad. In the video, Musallam is seen saying that he had been encouraged by his father and elder brother to spy on the group and report on weapons caches, bases and Palestinian recruits.