Israeli man sentenced to 38 months in prison for trying to join ISIS

Valentin Vladimir Mazblaski, an Israeli citizen and immigrant from Belarus, has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for attempting to join ISIS. He was also fined by the court.
Valentin Vladimir Mazblaski Shin Bet Spokesperson

An Israeli man was sentenced to 38 months in prison on Sunday after he was found guilty of attempting to join the ISIS terror organization a few months ago. The man also received a heavy fine.

The Nazareth Regional Court convicted Valentin Vladimir Mazblaski, a resident of Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam in Northern Israel and father of five, of contacting a terror organization. He was arrested after buying a one-way ticket to Turkey and claiming on social media that he intended to join ISIS. The court also convicted him of attempting to escape to a hostile country and concealing evidence.

According to the Shin Bet and Israel Police, Mazblaski immigrated to Israel from Belarus in 1996. He served in the IDF and converted to Islam in 2000 after meeting his wife, a resident of Shibli.

The Shin Bet investigation revealed that Mazblaski supported the idea of an “Islamic Caliphate” and that he planned to cross into Syria from Turkey. He was an active member of online ISIS forums and had coordinated his arrival.

“The Shin Bet sees the emigration of Israeli citizens to Syria and Iraq as a dangerous occurrence,” the Shin Bet spokesperson said.

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