Wisconsin woman accused of trying to help Islamic State

Elias Hubbard
June 16, 2018

An Israeli woman was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the USA state of Wisconsin on charges of supporting the Islamic State (IS) terror group through her activities on social media, the Department of Justice reported.

Dais used multiple social media accounts that she hacked and took over from unwitting victims and private social media platforms to provide and facilitate her support. She's accused of using Facebook to recruit for and support ISIS.

Dais, from Cudahy, is a mother of two, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Prosecutors also say she expressed an interest in traveling overseas to help ISIS plan attacks within the United States.

Elizabeth Makowski, a spokeswoman for the USA attorney's office in Milwaukee, declined to say whether authorities believed Dais had any connection to an alleged plot in Germany involving a Tunisian man who prosecutors said created ricin using castor bean seeds. She is now a lawful permanent resident who the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes does not work outside of the home.

Earlier this week, on June 11, the DOJ sentenced a NY man to 15 years in prison after he was found to have attempted to provide ISIS with material support and resources.

Dais was born in Jerusalem and was married to a US citizen when she arrived in Chicago in 1992, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She then encouraged the informant to introduce the ricin to a government post or water reservoir. They divorced in 2002, but she remained in the county as a permanent legal resident.

In another social media post, she allegedly proposed suggested targets for bombing attacks, such as street festivals and other celebrations in the summer.

She was said to be the first person in six months to be arrested on charges of supporting a violent jihadist group.

The defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

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