The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) announced today (March 1, 2017) that an Israeli man has been arrested for trying to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group in Syria, according to the Fox News website.
Valaentin Vladimir Mazalewski, a 40-year-old Belarus-born father of five from the Arab town of Shibli in northern Israel, bought a one-way ticket to Turkey so he could cross the border to Syria and join the jihadist group, security officials said in a statement.
He was arrested yesterday and charged today in the district court of Nazareth.
Mazalewski immigrated to Israel from Belarus in 1996. According to ISA, he converted to Islam in 2000 after meeting his current wife, an Israeli Arab from Shibli, during his army service.