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21:22 | 02/05/18

The war in northern Sinai

Egyptian soldiers secure worshipers outside Al Rawdah Mosque in Bir Al-Abed on December 1, 2017, during the first Friday prayers after the ISIS terrorist attack there (photo credit: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS) Egyptian soldiers secure worshipers outside Al Rawdah Mosque in Bir Al-Abed on December 1, 2017, during the first Friday prayers after the ISIS terrorist attack there (photo credit: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY/REUTERS)
Will Israeli Arab youth be tempted to join the ISIS battle in the peninsula?
At the end of 2017, the Israeli prosecution indicted Tasnin and Rahma al-Assad, two 19-year-old Israeli women from the Beduin community of Lakiya in the Negev desert in southern Israel. The two sisters are accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State organization (ISIS) and of planning to detonate bombs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba and at a college in the city.

Israeli Arabs – who total about 1.8 million – are mostly Muslims and comprise 21 percent of the Israeli population. Many of them live with a split personality and are torn between being Israeli citizens and their Palestinian identity and attachment to their brethren across Israel’s borders.


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