Israel confiscates 'ISIS-promoting rings' in airport en route to Palestine
Staff at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport intercepted a "delivery of 120 rings bearing an insignia associated with the Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Islamic State] terrorist organization," the Israel Tax Authority said in a statement.
The items of jewelry, inscribed with messages in Arabic, were confiscated two weeks ago while being shipped to Ramallah.
Some of the rings appear to have only the word “Allah” written on them. Many have a sign known as the Seal of Mohammed engraved on top. Islamic State militants use the Seal of Mohammed on their group’s flag and as a part of their own seal.
The silver rings were reportedly produced in Turkey and sent in response to an order placed by an importer in the West Bank. The package containing them was deemed suspicious upon its arrival in Israel.
“Everything that comes for the Palestinian Authority is put through a security check,” a customs official told the Ynet news outlet.
The rings, found among several hundred other jewelry items, are considered “banned propaganda” in Israel and have therefore been scheduled for destruction.
“Although the importer declared the items as rings, it's considered to be incitement,” the customs employee said, explaining the decision to ban the items.
“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 immediately informed security forces and the Shin Bet.”
According to the customs employee, “a large number of rings tell us that there are buyers for this.”
“It is frightening and terrifying to know that in the territories of the Palestinian Authority, there are supporters of this murderous organization, and who knows, maybe with our help they will discover a cell or ideological organizing by IS.”