Israeli Arab Teachers Indicted for Backing IS, Pushing Jihad in Class

(Times of Israel) Marissa Newman - Five Arab Israelis from southern Israel, three of whom are teachers in Israeli schools, were indicted for supporting the Islamic State, the Israel Security Agency said Monday. The teachers were accused of promoting jihadist ideology in their classes, "taking advantage of their status to win over people for the sake of Daesh [IS], among students and teachers, within the school walls." Several of the suspects, most of whom hailed from the Bedouin town of Hura, also planned to travel to Syria to join the ranks of IS. The Israel Security Agency "stresses that the vast majority of the Arab public in Israel opposes the Islamic State, to the point of disgust with the organization, and that the involvement of teachers in advocating for IS and the activities attributed to them is a cynical exploitation of their role."

2015-07-07 00:00:00

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