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What drove a Bedouin Israeli doctor to ISIS?He was a quiet kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern. Could Othman Abu al-Qiyan have been radicalized by Israel's conflict with the Palestinians – or something else?No one can quite explain what happened and why, but in his community in Israel's southern Negev desert, where many even serve in the Israeli army, his sudden transformation into a jihadist killed in Syria fighting for ISIS is treated as a dark and dangerous mystery.In three years of war in Syria, dozens of educated and seemingly progressive Muslims from Western countries have been lured to what they perceive to be a heroic jihadi battle against President Bashar Assad.Israel's Shin Bet security service estimates that only about 30 Arabs have departed for Syria to take part in the fighting.Abu al-Qiyan, believed to be in his late 20s, is the first Bedouin to take that route. The Bedouin are among the most underprivileged communities in Israel, and have become more religious in recent years.Even so, ISIS seems a world away, especially for someone like Abu al-Qiyan.
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