The Nazareth regional court has sentenced a resident of a Yafia, Wednesday, to three years in prison for joining ISIS. Hamza Magamzeh left Israel and infiltrated into Syria through Turkey, in order to join the terror group last year. Magamzeh was arrested upon his return to Israel on the 24th of October 2014.
The prosecutor charged Hamza with contact with a foreign agent, membership in a banned organization, conspiracy to commit a crime, and leaving the country illegally, last September.
During his arraignment proceedings, the primary evidence presented was a confession he gave detailing how he left for Syria with two of his friends, after being influenced by ISIS videos online. Hamza also recounted the detailed steps he took in joining ISIS.
Magamzeh initally made contact with ISIS through thier official Facebook page, where he received thorough instructions from a man named Karim al-Anzari. The three made it to the village of Raei in Syria, and where later taken to an ISIS training base. The course they where meant to undergo was supposed to include 15-days of Shariah or religious studies, and a 30-day military course, before placement in the various ISIS battalions.
Magamzeh stayed at the camp for 10 days, during which he was in contact with his family and friends in Israel by phone. At the end of the 10 days he decided to leave, and returned to Israel via Turkey.