Israeli Muslim Brotherhood Leader Prevented From Flying To Turkey


Israel media has reported that the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel was prevented from boarding a flight to Turkey yesterday. According to a Times of Israel report:

October 15, 2015 The head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel was barred from boarding a flight to Turkey Wednesday per a court order preventing him from leaving the country for a month.

Sheikh Raed Salah arrived at passport control at Ben Gurion International Airport ahead of his flight when Shin Bet security officers presented him with the ban issued by Interior Minister Silvan Shalom.

The travel ban was issued because of the legal proceedings against Salah over his conviction for incitement to murder Jews.

Salah allegedly tried to flee the country after a court found him guilty in March of this year and handed him an 11-month sentence.

Senior Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have recently charged that Salah incited the Arab public to violence against Israeli Jews, and ministers say they are exploring options to outlaw the group in the wake of a round of deadly violence over the last two weeks.

Last week, Salah said his organization intends to respond to what he called ‘continued Israeli escalation’ on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

‘We have a package of plans ready to be unleashed immediately,’ Salah said. ‘May the streets of Jerusalem be purified with the blood of the innocent, who shed it in order to separate from their souls the soldiers of the Israel occupation, also in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque,’ he said during that sermon.

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Raed Salah is the leader of the so-called Northern branch of the Islamic Movement, essentially comprising the Israeli Muslim Brotherhood. He is noted for often alleging that Israel is conspiring to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (The Al-Aqsa Mosque is often the subject of various Global Muslim Brotherhood conspiracies theories involving alleged Israeli plots and plans to destroy the mosque.) The GMBDW reported earlier this week on the the key role played by the the Islamic Movement and Raed Salah in the current violence that has gripped the country.

We also find Turkey to be an interest choice of destinations for Mr. Salah:

  • We reported in August that Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal held what were described as closed-door talks with Turkish leaders in Ankara.
  • We reported around the same time that Turkey had expelled Hamas operative Saleh al-Arouri, possibly under US pressure related to the ongoing conflict with ISIS.
  • In January , we reported that Khaled Meshaal had attended another annual conference of the ruling Turkish AKP Party and met with the Turkish Prime Minister.
  • In November 2014, we reported that Israel had arrested dozens of members of a Hamas terror network said to be funded and directed by Hamas officials in Turkey.

A 2011 report report authored by the GMBDW editor concluded that since 2006, Turkey has become a new center for the Global Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

For profile on Raed Salah, go here.

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