Israel has sentenced an Arab woman to just under two years in prison for trying to join Islamic State.

Iman Kanjo, 44, a teacher from the northern Arab town of Shfaram, was sentenced at Haifa’s district court.

The woman, who is a mother of five, was also fined 30,000 shekels (just under £6,000), after she tried to cross the Turkish border into Syria, in order to join Isis.

More than 40 Israeli Arabs have joined the Islamic State in the last two years according to Israel’s security agency Shin Bet.

Israel faces a threat from the terror group from its northern border with Syria and its southern border with Egypt.