Thursday, October 23, 2014

CNN: NYC police concerned hatchet attack on police officers motivated by radical Islam

New York (CNN) -- A man charged at four New York police officers with a metal hatchet Thursday, hitting two of them at a time of high alert for authorities concerned they might be targeted in the United States and Canada.

The suspect was hiding behind a bus shelter as if he was waiting to attack the officers, according to a law enforcement official, who said it almost appeared as if he was stalking them.

He struck one officer in the right arm and another in the head, police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. The two officers who weren't hit then shot at and killed the attacker.

The law enforcement official identified the suspect as Zale H. Thompson, who had a criminal record in California and had been discharged from the Navy for misconduct, according to the source.

The police officer who was struck in the head remains in critical but stable condition.

Authorities are looking to see if the unprovoked attack, in the New York borough of Queens, is tied to recent calls by radicals to attack military and police officers, law enforcement officials say.


Boko Haram jihadists kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria

Right after they promised to release 200 kidnapped back in May.
YOLA/ABUJA (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said, despite talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April.

John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the kidnappers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.

The attack cast further doubt on government reports that it has secretly reached a temporary ceasefire with the rebels in order to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls they are holding hostage.


Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

Adviser to Iranian president mocks Obama’s ‘humiliating’ presidency.
(WFB) The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.

The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).

And with the deadline quickly approaching on talks between the U.S. and Iran over its contested nuclear program, Younesi’s denigrating views of Obama could be a sign that the regime in Tehran has no intent of conceding to America’s demands.

“Obama is the weakest of U.S. presidents, he had humiliating defeats in the region. Under him the Islamic awakening happened,” Younesi said in a Farsi language interview with Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency.

“Americans witnessed their greatest defeats in Obama’s era: Terrorism expanded, [the] U.S. had huge defeats under Obama [and] that is why they want to compromise with Iran,” Younesi said.


'Bodies Strewn In Streets' As ISIS Jihadists Seize Iraq Village

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State wrested a Sunni Muslim village in western Iraq on Thursday from tribal defenders who put up weeks of fierce resistance, and the insurgents tightened a siege of the Yazidi minority on a mountain in the north.

The attacks showed Islamic State's continued operating resilience despite air strikes by U.S.-led coalition forces aimed at defeating the ultra-radical Sunni jihadist group, which has captured large expanses of Iraq and neighboring Syria, beheaded prisoners and massacred people from other religious communities, and declared a medieval-style caliphate.

The Albu Nimr tribe had been fending off Islamic State (IS) since early October but finally lost the village of Zauiyat albu Nimr in the western province of Anbar overnight on Thursday.

A small Iraqi army unit was stationed in the village but evacuated by helicopter in the early hours of Thursday, along with leaders from the Albu Nimr, a tribal figure from the village told Reuters in Baghdad.

Residents said the bodies of tribal fighters and soldiers lay strewn in the streets of Zauiyat albu Nimr on Thursday, and the very few who survived the onslaught had been told by IS insurgents to drop their weapons and leave.

"Islamic State are out to purge the village of Bu Nimr members," said the tribal figure in Baghdad. “Sleeper cells inside the village have been assisting the Islamic State by providing the names and the locations of the houses of prominent resistance members.

"A list of 200 names that include the high officers in our village has been set and all of these names are to be killed.”

The fall of Zauiyat albu Nimr leaves remaining areas under government control in Anbar more vulnerable to seizure by IS, which overran the regional city of Hit early this month.

Islamic State holds much of western Anbar and is looking to isolate pockets of resistance, including the Ain al-Asad air base and the Haditha Dam.


America's "Most Influential Muslim" Endorses Sharia Law

(The Clarion Project) This year’s issue of The Muslim 500 names Sheikh Hamza Yusuf as the most influential Muslim-American. He is often portrayed as a moderate, but he recently endorsed Sharia governance and heads an Islamist college in California with extremist faculty.

Yusuf is ranked as the 35th most influential Muslim in the world by the publication. He is described as the “leading Islamic authority” in America. He is the current president and a senior faculty member of Zaytuna College in California.

He and 17 other Muslim-American leaders signed a letter condemning the tactics of the Islamic State terrorist group and offering theological rebuttals. It is a letter that earned them tremendous positive publicity by news outlets that didn’t notice that the letter endorsed the resurrection of the Caliphate and Sharia governance, specifically its brutal hudud punishments.

Hudud punishments are fixed in the Qu’ran and Hadith and are unquestionably obligatory in Islamic Law,” point 16 of the letter states.

It also used vague language that could justify other acts of terrorism, such as attacks by Hamas on Israel. The condemnation of the Islamic State’s targeting of American journalists contains an exception that approves of jihad against reporters they view as dishonest.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Harper calls a spade a spade: 'Terrorist' attack is 'grim reminder'

(CNN) "This week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said late Wednesday. "Let there be no misunderstanding: We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated."

The passport of suspected Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was confiscated by Canadian authorities when they learned he planned to go fight overseas, a U.S. law enforcement official told CNN's Susan Candiotti. The official said it was not clear when that happened.

Ottawa Parliament shooter identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a convert to Islam

OTTOWA (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating a man identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau as a possible suspect in the shootings on Wednesday around parliament in Ottawa, a source familiar with the matter said.

Police said the male suspect in the attacks was dead but did not confirm he was Zehaf-Bibeau. Some U.S. government sources said the shooter was born Michael Joseph Hall but changed his name to Zehaf-Bibeau.

Two U.S. officials said that U.S. agencies have been advised that the shooter was a Canadian convert to Islam. One of the officials said the man was from Quebec.


ISIS releases video showing Syrian woman being stoned to death, including by her own father

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A man and a woman have been stoned to death for adultery in separate executions in jihadist-controlled areas of Syria, a monitoring group reported on Tuesday.

The man was executed in Idlib province in an area controlled by Islamist groups including the Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official affiliate in Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence on all sides of Syria's civil war.

It is the first documented case of a man being stoned to death for adultery since Syria descended into civil war in 2011 and hardline Islamic groups emerged as powerful players in areas that slipped from government control, the Observatory said.

The woman was executed in Hama province in an area controlled by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq and is being targeted by U.S.-led air strikes, the Observatory said.

A video posted online appeared to show her execution. A bearded fighter is shown passing down the sentence in the presence of other gunmen and her father, who appears to approve of her execution.

Her hands and feet are then tied with a rope and she is forced to kneel in a pit. Covered head to toe, she begins to pray out loud as large rocks are seen striking her body. The video shows the logo of Islamic State.


Meet the hero who shot down Parliament Hill gunman

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is pictured in the Senate chamber on
Parliament Hill in Ottawa in this file photo from June 3, 2011. According to
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, Vickers shot dead one of the suspects
in the Oct. 22, 2014 shooting incident on Parliament Hill. (Reuters)
CALGARY (Toronto Sun) - He’s being called a hero for shooting a rampaging gunman dead on Parliament Hill — and it may mark the first time Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers has ever fired a gun in the line of duty.

“This the first time in his career that he’s shot anyone,” said Erin, Vickers’ niece.

A retired RCMP officer who once served in Calgary, 58-year-old Vickers is known to most Canadians as the symbol of order at the House of Commons: a grey-haired man in a black hat and robes, often carrying the ceremonial sceptre of Canada over his shoulder.

On Tuesday, Vickers reportedly showed just how serious his role really is, the head of security for Canada’s government killing a gunman who charged into the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

“To all in Ottawa, stay safe & strong. Thank God for Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our Cdn security forces. True heroes…” tweeted Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

Julian Fantino, Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs, added his own tweet of gratitude: “I am safe & profoundly grateful to Sgt at Arms Kevin Vickers & our security forces for selfless act of keeping us safe.”

After the shooting, Vickers immediately contacted his family in New Brunswick to tell them he is safe — “I’m doing okay,” he said — but that hasn’t stopped them worrying about the emotional trauma that will follow, having being forced to pull the trigger for the first time.

“We’re always very proud of Kevin, but at this moment we are concerned about him — he had to make a very serious decision today,” said Mary, Vickers’ older sister.

“He’s always a natural leader. He would not have taken this decision lightly, and I can’t stress that enough — but he would always expect of himself to do what he would expect of the men and women under him.”

Raw footage of the Centre Block attack shows officers and guards moving cautiously down the hall before gunfire suddenly erupts, with dozens of shots echoing in the distance.

Various witnesses have credited Vickers with leading the security response and killing the infiltrator, a man who may have been the same cold-blooded murderer who gunned down an unarmed solider outside the national cenotaph moments before.

Anyone who thought Canada’s sergeant-at-arms role was an archaic novelty now understands the man holding the sceptre has a deadly serious job.

“It’s not ceremonial at all, and he has tremendous responsibility — and he wears it well,” said Mary.


UK set to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood

An unpublished report commissioned by David Cameron into the Muslim Brotherhood will link it to up to 60 charities, groups and even television channels operating in the UK.
(Telegraph) Downing Street is to order a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and a network of Islamist groups accused of fuelling extremism in Britain and across the Arab world.

David Cameron launched an inquiry into the Brotherhood earlier this year, prompted by concerns it was stoking an Islamist ideology that had encouraged British jihadists to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, who is an adviser to the review, is reported to have described it as “at heart a terrorist organisation”. The Brotherhood insists it is non-violent and seeks to impose Islamic rule only through democratic change. It has condemned Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and al-Qaeda.

A senior source close to the inquiry said its report – compiled but not yet published – had identified “an incredibly complex web” of up to 60 organisations in Britain, including charities, think tanks and even television channels, with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which will all now come under scrutiny.

The inquiry, aided by the security services, has also investigated its network abroad. One expert said that the Brotherhood was now operating from three major bases – London, Istanbul and Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Qatar, the wealthiest country in the world per head of population, has for 30 years been home to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric in exile, often described as the Brotherhood’s spiritual leader. Qaradawi, who was banned from entering Britain in 2008, is accused of anti-Semitism, supporting Palestinian suicide bombers, condoning wife- beating and punishing homosexuals.

Qatar has found itself isolated from its Gulf neighbours – Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – over its support of the Brotherhood during the Arab Spring. Qatar also funds Hamas, which was originally established as a Palestinian branch of the Egyptian Brotherhood and whose military wing is banned as a terrorist organisation by Britain, among others.

Dr Lorenzo Vidino, who is understood to have worked on the Cabinet Office report, presided over by Sir John Jenkins, Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said: “It is clear that the Brotherhood has many dark spots, ranging from its ambiguous relationship with violence to its questionable impact on social cohesion in Britain.”

The Government crackdown will stop short of outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood but action is expected to include:

Þ Investigations into charities that are effectively “fronts” for the Brotherhood;

Þ Inquiries into funding of the organisation and links to jihadi groups abroad;

Þ Banning clerics linked to the group from countries such as Qatar and Turkey from coming to Britain for rallies and conferences.

The source said: “We cannot ban the organisation, but that was never the intention of the review. We can go after single individuals, not for terrorist-related activity, but through the Al Capone method of law-enforcement. We cannot get them for terrorism but I bet you they don’t pay their taxes.


AP's bizarre reporting on the latest Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem

First, AP goes with the "Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem" headline ( So the reader gets the idea that the evil Israeli police, out of the blue, shoot an innocent man minding his own business.

Then AP changes the headline to "Car slams into east Jerusalem train station". Right, the car - all by itself - slams into a train station and not the people it was intentionally driven into.

In the article, they also say "Israeli police" and "a motorist" but not "Palestinian motorist".

Thanks to Jonah Goldberg at NRO for the plug.

Following the social media outcry, AP finally changed the headline to "Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station".
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a three-month-old baby girl and wounding eight people in what police called a terror attack.

The girl and her parents, who were injured in the attack, were U.S. citizens, according to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. [...]

The car struck the train station near the national headquarters of Israel's police force. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the driver got out of the car and tried to flee before he was shot by a police officer.

He said footage captured by security cameras indicated the driver deliberately struck people waiting at the stop.

"We look at this incident as a terrorist attack," Rosenfeld said. He said the area was cordoned off and forensic and bomb disposal experts were on the scene examining the car.

The footage, posted on the Ynet news site, showed the car turning out of moving traffic and heading straight into the station, accelerating while plowing through several rows of people.

Dr. Yaakov Barkun of Hadassah Medical Center said a 3-month-old girl was injured in the attack and later died of her wounds.

"She is a pure baby girl who hasn't done anything bad to anyone," Shimshon Halperin, the girl's grandfather, who is Israeli, told Channel 2 TV. "She was murdered for no reason."


Israel: Palestinian terrorist who drove into group of people shot on scene after attempting to flee

Kerry Fails to Hold Hamas Accountable, Blames Israel for Worldwide Islamic Terrorism

(RCP) Rewarding vicious conduct is a sure-fire method of generating more of it. And wrongly blaming an ally for provoking young men and women to join your brutal adversary is an excellent recipe for harming friends and strengthening enemies. Yet in the struggle against Islamic extremism, the Obama administration has adopted both of these profoundly counterproductive tactics.


Kerry went on to tell those gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday: "As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we -- there wasn't a leader I met with in the region who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation."

Kerry then promptly endorsed the hoary excuse trotted out by Arab rulers to distract attention from the unrest created by their own authoritarian regimes -- that Israeli "humiliation" of Palestinians and denial of their dignity is a principal cause of jihadism in the region.

The real cause of the rise of ISIL is the determination by Sunni Muslim extremists to defeat and destroy Shiite Muslim extremists and their allies in Syria and Iraq. About this Secretary of State Kerry said not a word.

The monsters of the Middle East can quickly sniff out a weak man, and Kerry comes in with the mindset that the savagery of these inferior people is merely a recation to the sins of the West. These "leaders" must have a good time mocking Kerry in their strategy meetings.

Report: Soldier shot at war memorial near Canadian Parliament; UPDATE: the soldier died

(Fox News) Gunshots rang out at Canada's Parliament building Wednesday, with one soldier guarding the nearby National War Memorial shot and a gunman on the loose, officials said.

Shots were reported inside the building, in Ottawa, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was whisked away to a safe location as Royal Canadian Mounted Police converged on the complex in a hunt for the shooter, who was described as having long, black hair and toting a rifle or shotgun. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto-area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block "has been shot and killed” but that could not be confirmed.

Harper “is safe and has left Parliament Hill,” Jason MacDonald, his director of communications, said via Twitter.

Witnesses told the Globe and Mail the man appeared at the National War Memorial, fired multiple shots and that a guard went down. The gunman then ran toward Parliament Hill. The building was locked down and police ordered journalists to shelter in the foyer in front of the House of Commons, the paper reported. Members of Parliament also took cover in the building, tweeting from inside the building.

Michelle Rempel, a Conservative MP from Calgary, used Twitter to communicate with the outside world: “Mom im okay Im in hiding,” tweeted Michelle Rempel, a Conservative MP from Calgary.

At the memorial, emergency responders were seen performing CPR on the shooting victim, believed to be one of the soldiers stationed around the clock at the memorial, reported.

The drama unfolded just before 10 a.m., two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over -- and one of them killed -- in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies. And on Tuesday, Canada had raised its domestic terror level from low to medium due to "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations like ISIL, Al Qaeda, al-Shabab and others who pose a clear threat to Canadians," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister.

Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, told CBC that he saw a man running with a double-barreled shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans. Walsh said the man hopped over the fence that surrounded Parliament Hill and forced someone out of their car, then drove to the front doors of the Parliament building and fired at least two shots.

Hélène Laverdière, a Democrat member of parliament, told CBC that she heard to 20 to 30 shots and hit the floor.

The incident comes just two days after two Canadian soldiers were run over -- and one of them killed -- in Quebec by a man with jihadist sympathies.

On Tuesday, Canada had raised its domestic terror level from low to medium due to "an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations like ISIL, Al Qaeda, al-Shabab and others who pose a clear threat to Canadians," said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unidentified "three American teenage girls" planned to join ISIS in Syria

(ABC) The FBI has tracked down three American teenage girls in Germany while they were en route to Syria to join militant groups, a law enforcement official told ABC News today.

The girls, who are from the Denver area, were trying "to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign" by radical groups in Syria, including ISIS, the official said.

The girls have not been identified.

This is part of a worrisome trend of "disaffected youth" who are being radicalized, the official said, pointing to the wider phenomenon of foreign fighters converging on the conflict in the region.

While these girls were 15 or 16 years old, there are other cases of high school age kids trying to get to Syria that haven't been made public, the official said.

The girls were persuaded to travel overseas and were in contact with someone in Germany, the official said, noting that someone close to them notified authorities.

They were turned around and sent back to the United States, the official said, noting that because they are minors it remains unclear whether they will be charged with anything or be "arrested."

"FBI Denver Division is aware of the situation and assisted with bringing the individuals back to Denver. The juveniles are safe and reunited with their families," FBI Denver spokeswoman Sue Payne said.

Islamic State jihadists advance against Yazidis on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain

Islamic State militants advanced on Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Tuesday, tightening a siege of thousands of stranded Yazidis, who called on the United States and its allies to act to avert more bloodshed.

The attack is the latest threat to minority Yazidis, thousands of whom have shot, buried alive or sold into slavery by IS militants, who regard them as devil-worshippers.

The IS militants originally attacked the area around Sinjar, in northwestern Iraq, in August. A renewed assault began at dawn on Monday, when militants driving Humvees and civilian vehicles attacked several Yazidi residential compounds, forcing the Yazidi to retreat up the mountain.

“We are outnumbered and outgunned. We don’t know how long we can hold them off,” said Ali Qasem, a Yazidi volunteer on the mountain.

Qasem said most families had already fled by the time IS arrived, but some could not leave and remained trapped in residential complexes to the east of the mountain.


Canada: Convert to Islam hits 2 soldiers with his car, killing one

Canadian officials call a spade a spade: "Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack"
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Quebec — A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and had seized his passport, authorities said Tuesday.

The suspect was shot dead by police after a chase in the Quebec city of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu. A second soldier suffered minor injuries in Monday’s attack.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the attack “clearly linked to terrorist ideology.” Quebec Police spokesman Guy Lapointe said the act was deliberate and that one of the two soldiers was in uniform. Lapointe said there were no other suspects at this time.

An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case identified the suspect as Martin Couture-Rouleau, 25.

The suspect was known to authorities and recently had his passport seized, RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said. He was one of 90 suspected extremists in the country who intend to join fights abroad or who have returned from overseas. However, it was not known whether the suspect had any ties to Islamic militant groups.

“He was part of our investigative efforts to try and identify those people who might commit a criminal act travelling abroad for terrorist purposes,” Paulson said.


Apartheid: Abbas toughens law against Palestinians selling land to Jews

Good thing he's a "moderate".

Following East Jerusalem acquisitions, Palestinian Authority ups penalty to hard labor for life; Fatah spokesman calls land solicitors ‘traitors destined to die a humiliating death’.

But, in the "through the looking glass" perspective of the anti-Israel crowd, only Israel can practice apartheid.

It's kind of like how only older white guys can be racist but even worse because most of the rest of the Middle East so obviously and blatantly practices apartheid and Israel so obviously does not.
(Times of Israel) Reacting to a number of high profile sales of Palestinian homes to Jewish organizations in East Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has toughened the penalty for citizens selling property to Israelis.

According to the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas on Monday imposed a sentence of hard labor for life on “anyone diverting, renting or selling land to an enemy state or one of its subjects.”

Jordan’s penal code number 16 article 114, applicable in the Palestinian territories, previously subscribed “temporary hard labor” to perpetrators of the crime.

Palestinian government and civil society reacted angrily to the recent acquisition of 26 apartments in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan by Elad, an Israeli foundation dedicated to the settlement of Jews in the historic City of David.

On Sunday night, Jews entered 10 apartments in two buildings bought by another Israeli nonprofit, Ateret Kohanim, in a different part of the neighborhood.


UK: Terror suspect Haroon Aswat is extradited to the United States

Haroon Aswat, who was once dubbed Abu Hamza's deputy, is extradited to the United States, where he is alleged to have set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
(Telegraph) A British man, Haroon Rashid Aswat, has been extradited to the United States, where he is wanted for terror related offences, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

The 40-year-old from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire, who was once dubbed Abu Hamza's deputy, is alleged to have travelled to the US in 1999 with the intention of setting up a Jihadist training camp in Oregon.

Aswat, who suffers from mental illness, was taken from Broadmoor hospital to a UK airport where he was met by representatives from the US authorities, who accompanied him on a flight to America.

Israel: Intern at Barzilai Medical Center joined Islamic State, killed in battle

(Ynet) Othman Abu al-Qiyan, an intern at the Barzilai Medical Center who recently disappeared, has joined the Islamic State, the hospital said on Sunday. Al-Qiyan' family said he was killed in battle.

Al-Qiyan came to Israel after finishing med school in Jordan. He passed the ordination exams and received a temporary license to practice medicine in the country. In February, he started interning at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, according to the hospital.

In May 2014 he was supposed to start a one-month internship at the Soroka Medical Center in Be'er Sheva, but he failed to show up at the hospital and disappeared.

"Security forces turned to us in their investigation of his disappearance and then we found out he joined the Islamic State," the hospital said.

"He studied in Jordan for many years and then came back," al-Qiyan's older brother said. "One morning, the neighbors told us Athman and another guy went to Turkey. At first we thought they were just going, a lot of people go to Turkey on vacation.

"My uncle and myself, as well as two of the other guy's brothers, went to search for them in Turkey. We located the hotel they were staying in and found their belongings there. At the hotel we were told they hired a car and just left. We waited for them but after two days when they didn't come back we went back to Israel.

"Police told us that they probably left Turkey for Syria," the brother said.

The family could not understand why Othman joined the Islamic State, and opposed it vehemently.

"I'm sorry for what has happened. We all are, the entire family. My father and mother are in mourning since he left, even before we heard he was killed.

"They called us from a blocked number and told us what happened. They called my father but they didn't even tell him what happened and how Othman got killed," the 34-year-old brother said.

The al-Qiyan family has 10 sons and three daughters. The family said one of the brothers was arrested on suspicion he aided Othman.

Othman's uncle told Ynet of his nephew: "He was an intelligent young man. He went to school in Jordan, maybe that's where he got it. No one knew where he went. Othman said he was going on a trip. If we had known, we would've broken his hands and feet, just to stop him from going. We don't know what he went through there. Maybe he was brainwashed."

Another relative said the family is a normal family, "they all went to school and are working normal jobs. We don't know how this happened."

Security forces were familiar with the case and were following up on any developments.

Al-Qiyan is not the first Israeli-Arab suspected of joining the Islamic State. Some 30 Israeli-Arabs left for Syria through Turkey in the past two years to join different organizations affiliated with al-Qaeda in order to fight against President Bashar Assad. According to the defense establishment, more than half of those 30 combatants have joined the Islamic State. Some 18 of them have been arrested, interrogated and legal procedures against them have been put into motion.

Leaders in the Arab sector have bemoaned the fact the punishment for those convicted of joining the rebel forces in Syria are too light, and do not deter others from joining them.