Over the past few years, ISIS has been able to recruit hundreds of fighters from Europe. However, it now turns out that there are at least 20 Israelis fighting within the terrorist organization’s ranks, including two Jews who converted to Islam and joined the fighting in Syria.









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Since the rise of ISIS, the Israeli security establishment has been keeping a watchful eye on the Israelis who have joined the fighting within the terrorist organization’s ranks. In order to help with this phenomenon, Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri launched an amendment to the Israeli nationality law which would allow the state to revoke the citizenship of Israelis who endanger the country’s security. In contrast to the law prior to the amendment, the Israeli government can now revoke a person’s citizenship even if the person is not within Israel’s borders.

The amended law goes into effect this week and the Shin Bet sent the Israeli Interior Ministry the names of 20 Israelis who joined the fighting in Syria, two of whom were born Jewish and immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. Both of them converted to Islam and were registered as Muslims in the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority prior to their departure to fight in the terrorist organization.

The amended law goes into effect this week and the Shin Bet sent the Israeli Interior Ministry the names of 20 Israelis who joined the fighting in Syria, two of whom were born Jewish and immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. Both of them converted to Islam and were registered as Muslims in the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority prior to their departure to fight in the terrorist organization’s ranks.

Another person who joined ISIS is an Arab Israeli from Fureidis who served as a combat soldier in the IDF and at some point, also decided to fight in the ranks of ISIS. The rest of the names on the list are also of Arab Israelis: Two from East Jerusalem, two from Bu’eine, two from Jaljulia, two from Kafr Qasim and others from different Arab villages. It is estimated that throughout the years, about 60 Israelis – most of whom are Arabs – joined ISIS. Some of them were killed and some of them returned to Israel, where they were arrested.