(JNS.org) Israel on Tuesday announced that it has outlawed the northern branch of the country’s Islamic Movement over activities including the “mendacious campaign of incitement under the heading ‘Al-Aqsa is in danger’ that falsely accuses Israel of intending to harm the Al-Aqsa mosque and violate the status-quo.”
“In this context, the northern branch has established a network of paid activists in order to initiate provocations on the Temple Mount. This activity has led to a significant increase in tension on the Temple Mount. A significant portion of recent terrorist attacks have been committed against the background of this incitement and propaganda,” Israel said through the prime minister’s media adviser, adding that the northern branch—headed by Sheikh Raed Salah—is a “sister movement” of the Hamas terrorist organization.
“My government will continue to act as necessary against incitement and terrorism; at the same time, we will continue to invest resources for the betterment of Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens alike,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Any person or entity belonging to the Islamic Movement’s northern branch, or providing services to it, will be subject to imprisonment.