Israelis accused of trying to join Islamic State

Two men from the north of Israel have been charged with supporting the Islamic State, with each of them separately making plans to join the jihadist group in Syria.

One man, Abed al Fatah, 24, from Nazareth, visited pro-jihadi websites, expressing support for the group online.

Earlier this year, according to a charge sheet, Fatah made contact with a former Islamic State fighter and made plans to join the group in Syria after he got married.

The second man, Ashraf Arbaye, 35, from nearby Shfaram, also made contact this year with a jjhadi known to help people sneak into Islamic State territory, according to the Shin Bet, which captured the two.

Arbaye is also accused of illegal arms possession, including selling guns.

The prosecution has asked a judge at an arraignment hearing to order the two kept in jail until the end of legal proceedings, Channel 2 reports.

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