Israeli media is reporting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement headed by Israeli Muslim Brotherhood leader Raed Salah. According to a Haaretz report:
May 25, 2014 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a cabinet meeting on Sunday that the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, headed by Sheik Ra’ad Salah, should be outlawed, like the Jewish extreme right-wing movement Kach, which in 1994 was declared a terror organization, according to three sources who were present at the meeting.
Netanyahu spoke during a discussion about forming a special interministerial committee for Arab sector affairs. During the discussion Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz asked for the floor and said that along with activity to increase the equality of Arab citizens of the state, there should be activity to ‘neutralize the extremist factors,’ such as outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement.
According to sources who were present at the meeting, Netanyahu said in response to Katz that he has already formed an interministerial team that is supposed to examine the subject. Netanyahu turned to Cabinet Secretary Avichai Mandelblit and asked him about the team’s progress. Mandelblit replied that the subject is stuck because the Justice Ministry is opposed to the move.
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In November 2013, the GMBDW reported that Raed Salah had been convicted by an Israeli court of incitement to violence.
For a profile of Mr. Salah, go here.