Jewish-Israeli man stopped from joining Islamic State


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish-Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic State was apprehended in Turkey and returned to his parents.

Turkish authorities apprehended the man, 21, whose family members arrived in Turkey and traveled back to Israel with him on Tuesday, according to the Times of Israel. The man had planned to cross from Turkey into Syria, Haaretz reported, citing Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

The family had contacted the Foreign Ministry to ask for assistance in returning the man to Israel. He reportedly is under the legal guardianship of his family, according to Haaretz.

The family had been in touch with the man over the Internet and became concerned about his intention to enter Syria and join ISIS.

At least 35 Arab-Israelis have tried to join or have joined ISIS or other Syrian rebel groups, according to reports.

A Canadian-Israeli Jewish woman who joined Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State, Gillian Rosenberg, returned to Israel in July after training and fighting for about eight months.

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