Jewish Israeli Suspected of Trying to Join ISIS

In first confirmed case of its kind, a young Israeli Jewish man has been detained after trying to join ISIS in Syria

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Over the weekend Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was urgently approached by an Israeli family that feared its son had flown to Crete with the intent of eventually joining ISIS in Syria.

According to online correspondence with the 21-year-old Jewish man, the danger seemed very real.

After arriving in Crete, Israel’s Foreign Ministry believes the Israeli man flew to Turkey, and from there made his way toward the Syrian border.

In cooperation with Interpol Israel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its embassy in Ankara and consulate in Istanbul worked to identify and return the Israeli citizen. With the aid of Turkish authorities, the young man was found and detained not far from the Syrian border.

He arrived back in Israel on Tuesday, and will presumably face charges for his actions, just as have many Israeli Arabs who have tried to join ISIS.

“We are talking about a serious and worrying incident,” Ilana Ravid, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs department responsible for Israelis traveling abroad, told Channel 2 News.

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