Rings from Turkey were headed to Ramallah; Israel jails Palestinian over incitement on Facebook
A package containing over 120 rings bearing Arabic messages connected to the Islamic State was seized by customs officials at the country's Ben Gurion International Airport.
The rings, which were confiscated two weeks ago, were produced in Turkey and had been ordered by an importer in Ramallah, are due to be destroyed within the next few days. Customs officials told Ynet that "The thought that there are people who affiliate themselves with a murderous agenda like ISIS is simply shocking."
According to a customs official who spoke to Ynet, packages that arrive in Israel and destined for the West Bank go through strict screening procedures and customs officials are satisfied in the seizure. "A large number of rings mean that there are buyers. It's scary and shocking to know that in the lands of the Palestinian Authority there are those who support that murderous organization. And who knows? Maybe with our help they'll discover a cell or ideological organization of ISIS,"
One customs official, who is fluent in Arabic noticed what was written on the rings and made the connection to the Islamic State.
"We immediately passed it to the security department," he told Ynet. "Although the importer declared the items as rings, it's considered to be incitement. We're talking about a Palestinian civilian and we have no right to open an investigation so we sent him a letter that the items would be destroyed and he has 30 days to appeal. Of course we also informed security forces and the Shin Bet immediately."
Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon have said that an estimated 30 Israeli Arabs have already joined the radical Islamist group, with more than one having been killed.
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Meanwhile, an Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian from east Jerusalem to eight months in prison for "inciting to violence or terror" on his Facebook page.
In its ruling, the Jerusalem Magistrates Court quoted a series of statements and postings by A-Tur resident Sami Dais, 27, on Facebook between July and November last year in which he praised deadly attacks on Jews.
"Death to Israel," he wrote on his account on July 5, posting on the same day a picture of an ultra-Orthodox Jew with guns pointed to his head and a pistol and knife above, with the caption "Blood = blood! Kill them, death to settlers."
He also praised the Palestinians who killed two Jews in Jerusalem with his car, who shot and seriously wounded Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in October, and who killed four Israelis in an attack on a synagogue the following month.
The incriminating posts were put online as a wave of violence rocked the city, during which there were clashes in east Jerusalem and several Palestinians staged lone wolf attacks.
"These circumstances increase the influence of the defendant's calls for acts of terror and violence," the court said.
"The defendant is calling to kill and murder, and praising those who did so," said the ruling, stressing the need to deter others from committing similar "ideological crimes".
The same court had last week sentenced Omar Shalabi to nine months jail for similar offences.
Israel's justice minister had announced in December the indictments of eight east Jerusalem Palestinians for Facebook postings that incited to "terror" against Jews and Israelis.