Shin Bet says it busted Israeli Islamic State cell

Israeli citizens suspected of membership in a local Islamic State. Clockwise from top right: Adnan Ala a-Din, alah Abu Salah, Fadi BAshir, Khaled abu Salah, Muhammad abu Salah, Husam Marisat, and Karim abu Salah (photo credit: Shin Bet)

Israeli security forces arrested seven Arab citizens of Israel who had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State, were actively planning to join the Salafist jihadi group in Syria and were plotting to carry out attacks in Israel, including against the Arab Druze minority, the Shin Bet said Sunday.

The men, all from the Galilee region of Israel, were indicted on Sunday on several counts, including membership in an illegal organization, IS, which was declared illegal in September. The police and Shin Bet conducted the arrests and subsequent interrogations during November and December.

The discovery of the cell and the foiling of a plot to acquire weapons and shoot Druze citizens of Israel, who are considered infidels by the adherents of Salafist Sunni Islam, “points to a dangerous escalation among Israeli Arabs,” the Shin Bet said…