Israeli who tried to join IS caught over expired passport

An Arab man from East Jerusalem who resides in the US is accused of attempting to join the ranks of Islamic State in Syria.

An indictment was served against Fares Sharitah, 18, at the Jerusalem District Court today.

The man planned to enter Syria through Turkey with two members of his family.

The three came to Istanbul some three months ago, but the defendant’s Israeli passport was expired and so his entry to Turkey was not approved.

The two relatives entered Syria while Sharitah came back to Israel to renew his passport. While he was in Israel, he contacted his two relatives in Syria and his message was intercepted by security forces.

The State Attorney’s Office seeks to extend the defendant’s remand until the end of proceedings.

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