Arwah Jaber, a University of Arkansas graduate student, has been charged in U.S. District Court with planning to travel to the Palestinian territory to fight in a holy war and provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Jaber, a naturalized citizen born in the West Bank, was working toward his doctorate in chemistry.
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On May 11, Jaber emailed one of his professors that he could not graduate in May as he had hoped:
“I decided to take an honorable job in Palestine with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization to pursue a more noble cause – freedom, justice and peace for the Palestinians and to fight the Israeli terrorism.”
Jaber admitted to federal authorities he told his professor his knowledge of chemistry would help the Jihad cause.