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Valentin Mazlevski

Israel charges Belarus-born convert to Islam with IS ties

JERUSALEM: Israeli prosecutors filed charges on Wednesday against a Belarus-born immigrant after accusing him of seeking to join the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, security and justice sources said. Valentin Mazlevski, 39, who immigrated to Israel in 1996, is the first Jewish-born Israeli to be charged for having IS ties, according to the Shin Bet domestic security service. He was arrested in February. In 2000, while performing compulsory service in the Israeli military, Mazlevski converted to Islam after…