Israel’s internal security service says seven Israeli Arabs inspired by al—Qaeda have been indicted in the killing of an Israeli cab driver and other attacks on Jews and Christians.
The Shin Bet security service says the seven underwent a process of Islamic radicalization in recent years through material published on the Internet.
Monday’s indictment did not allege direct ties to the al—Qaeda global terror network. But it says two of the suspects unsuccessfully attempted to reach Somalia, where they wanted to fight “infidels” and American targets.
Israeli Arabs, unlike Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, enjoy the rights of citizenship. But they have long complained of discrimination, and in recent years, Israeli officials have expressed concern about growing radicalization among the Arab minority.