Israeli arrested for fighting with Islamic State in Iraq

Shin Bet says it stopped Nazareth resident upon his return to Ben-Gurion airport after he was injured in Fallujah battles

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Still from a video of Islamic State fighters at a training camp in Iraq. The video was posted online on October 11, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube)
Still from a video of Islamic State fighters at a training camp in Iraq. The video was posted online on October 11, 2014. (screen capture: YouTube)

A resident of Nazareth was indicted in Israel on Sunday for joining up with the Islamic State terror group and taking part in fighting in Iraq.

Maharan Yosef Hachmi Chaldi was arrested by the Shin bet security service three weeks ago, officials said Sunday.

Chaldi was stopped in Ben Gurion Airport as he was returning from Iraq via Turkey.

According to the indictment, in the beginning of October 2014, Chaldi, an Israeli citizen, left for Syria through Turkey and from there carried on to Iraq.

There has been extensive fighting between Iraqi government forces, the Islamic State and local militias in the Fallujah area for several years, he was injured, presumably from a coalition airstrike, the security agency says.

Chaldi is being accused of being a member and participating in an illegal organization, contacting a foreign agent, participating in illegal military exercises, visiting forbidden countries and carrying out illegal transactions with a terrorist organization.

His case is being heard in the Nazareth District Court.

Last month, the Shin Bet arrested seven other Israeli citizens that had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, which has been illegal for Israelis to do since September.

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