missing turned not to the police but to Agbaria for advice. One youth's father and uncle were planning to visit the Syrian Turkish border to search for their loved one, and asked Agbaria to join them. He refused.
Agbaria said he looked on as his son avidly watched amateur videos online of Syrian government brutality, enraged at how little Western countries were doing to stop the killing of civilians. Muayad had recently married, which might have made him think twice about going to fight, but he'd also become more religious, Agbaria said.
Israel's Shin Bet security agency estimates that since the civil war erupted in Syria more than two years ago, about 20 Arab citizens of Israel have sneaked into Syria to fight the regime of Bashar Assad.
Arab Israelis fighting with the Free Syrian Army a cause for concern to Israel
"He called to tell me he was alive, in good condition and good health,'' Agbaria said. "He didn't tell me where he was calling me from. . I had a lot of questions. I asked how long until you come back; will it be one month, two months? He said, 'Not one month and not two, maybe a year or two.'"
"I didn't turn to the police, because I didn't think they could help us, especially during this time of war in Syria,'' Agbaria said.
Sheik Kemal Khatib, the deputy head of Israel's Islamic Movement, which promotes Islam among the country's Arabs, said he'd preached against young men such as Muayad sneaking into Syria.
The parents of young men who go to fight in Syria bear the most anguish: Their children often leave without warning, so their parents cannot stop them.
In November, Zaki Agbaria spoke to his son for two hours one day on Skype. Agbaria said he hoped to meet Muayad in a third country, maybe Turkey or Jordan.
When Muayad went missing in late August and left his phone at home, Agbaria had a hunch about where he might have gone. He went to travel offices in a nearby town and discovered that Muayad and two close friends had bought plane tickets to Turkey, which shares a border with Syria.
about the fighters, seeing them as irresponsible but also as helping fellow Muslims in need.
The parents of the renegade fighters, and their Nike Shoes Training 2017 communities, are proud of the young men for aiding fellow Muslims in need, but they worry that their children may never make it back home and if they do, that they'll face serious charges for making contact with an enemy country.
According to the Shin Bet, Arab Israelis who go to Syria are often fundamentalist Muslims who strengthen their ideologies once in Syria, undergo military training there and could supply intelligence about Israeli targets or be recruited to attack Israelis at home or abroad.
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"There is a fear that this will harm the security of Israel,'' Jaber said. "Every small thing that happens, they do a full search, even sometimes by transgressing civil rights.''
Masarwa claimed that he was captured by rebels in the Free Syria Army and that he offered to help them in hopes of finding his brother. He trained with the rebels for a week, then returned to Israel via Turkey and was arrested as soon as he landed, Jaber said. Then all of Masarwa's family was summoned for questioning.
The phone call, however, did not bring relief.
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beach. We expect he may pass away any day.''
Arab citizens make up a fifth of the Israeli population. Like all Israelis, they're forbidden from travelling to Syria, which is officially at war with Israel, making them the unlikeliest of the foreign Muslim ideologues who've poured into Syria to help topple Assad and those, perhaps, who have the most to lose if they return to their home country alive.
For Shin Bet, the presence in Syria of a handful of Arab Israelis "is loaded with high potential risk for the state of Israel,'' the agency said in a statement.
"I have to be realistic here,'' said Agbaria, 51, about his son, Muayad. "He's not vacationing in the Hawaiian Islands, sitting on the Nike Shoes 2017 For Ladies
The fear of their children being arrested once they return has made Arab Israeli parents tight lipped about those who disappear. One man refused to elaborate about where his nephew might be.
"He said he is doing well, and he didn't tell us where he is. He said he's getting a salary and he's getting remarried,'' Agbaria said. "He's not coming back.''
"Where am I supposed to look? It's not a small village.'' Agbaria said.
"From our point of view, he went to Turkey,'' the uncle said. "He could be swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea we don't know.''
Jaber's client, Hikmat Masarwa, was arrested in March after returning from Syria and sentenced to two and a half years in jail. Masarwa claimed he went there not to fight but to look for his brother, who'd travelled there months before and had lost touch with his family.
"We are Arabs, Muslims, and we should help each other,'' Khatib said. "But Syria doesn't need any more youths. They have enough. Our role is in Palestine, by staying here and guarding our holy sites.''
After Muayad disappeared, the next thing Agbaria heard about him was the announcement that he'd died. A month later, Muayad called during the Eid al Adha holiday, unaware that his family was grieving his death.
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