The radical branch of the Islamic Movement has been officially outlawed by Israel on Tuesday, the government confirmed.
Based largely in northern Israel, the radical branch of the Islamic Movement is responsible for provoking violence on the Temple Mount compound, leading to weeks of deadly attacks against Israelis.
“Any person who belongs to this organisation or who provides services to it or who acts within its framework is henceforth committing a criminal offence punishable by a prison sentence,” the government said in a statement.
The radical branch firmly rejects the Oslo peace accords and boycotts national Israeli elections on the grounds that they give legitimacy to the Jewish state.
“The northern branch of the Islamic Movement has carried out a campaign of incitement to violence for years based on the lie that ‘The Al-Aqsa Mosque is in danger’ and the false accusation that Israel wants to harm the mosque and violate the status quo,” the statement said.
“These activities have provoked a significant rise in tensions at the Temple Mount…Outlawing the organization is a vital step in maintaining public security and preventing harm to human life,” the statement added.
On Tuesday, Israeli Police and Shin Bet agents raided the offices or 17 organizations associated with the radical movement across Israel. According to police, cash, computers and documents were confiscated.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the government’s decision, handed down by the Security Cabinet, aims “to stop the dangerous incitement at home and prevent harm to innocent life.”
“My government will continue to act as necessary against incitement and terrorism,” he stated. “At the same time, we will continue to invest resources for the betterment of Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens alike.”