The Israeli Justice Ministry has begun the necessary measures to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel for incitement to violence, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked revealed.
“The wave of terrorism that we are witnessing now is caused by the head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Raed Salah, who promotes the lie that Israel wants to establish a temple on Al-Aqsa Mosque,” Shaked told Israeli Radio yesterday.
Israeli police announced yesterday that it had arrested Sheikh Yusuf Abu Jamea, the head of the Islamic Movement in the city of Rahat, southern Israel, on Sunday on charges of “calling for illegal assembly and causing damage to public property”.
Arab towns and villages in Israel have been witnessing protests for over a week against the Israeli policy towards Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of Jerusalem as well the settlers’ continued storming of the mosque.
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on judicial authorities to gather evidence in order to outlaw the Islamic Movement in Israel.
“I will not accept that Israeli citizens are also joining in with this incitement. I have asked the attorney general to act against incitement from any direction, including among citizens of Israel,” he said.
The Israeli government accuses the Islamic Movement of calling to repel the Israeli incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque and having relations with the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas.
Last year, the Israeli Central Court accepted accusations of “incitement to hatred” over his rejection of the Israeli actions in Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli public prosecution against Sheikh Salah. The head of the Islamic Movement could now face a jail terms.