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Israel bans northern branch of Islamic Movement

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Published: 21 November 2015

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Arabs in Israel fear outlawing Islamic Movement is just the beginning – Jack Khoury - Haaretz 18.11.15
The decision’s timing and the perceived motives behind it have lit warning lights in Israeli Arab society. The fear is that under the current right-wing government, and in a public atmosphere that encourages anti-Arab incitement, this is only a first step against Arab Israelis as a whole. This is a highly unusual move and there are only two precedents. In the early 1960s, a similar step targeted the Arab Al-Ard movement, and in 1994 the government declared the Jewish Kach and Kahane Chai movements terror organisations, thus banning them. This tool has been very rarely used and with good reason.
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And see, in lead up to the ban and after it:
Meet Netanyahu’s newest public enemy: the Islamic Movement - Haaretz 20.10.15
Gives some background on the Islamic Movement, its different branches and activities.

Shin Bet head says there is not sufficient cause
to outlaw Islamic Movement - Haaretz 02.11.15 (includes video 1.06 min)

Decision to outlaw Islamic Movement criminalises thousands
– Haaretz 18.11.15
Banning the organisation will serve to radicalise Israeli Arabs.

Make the Islamic Movement’s northern branch legal again
– Haaretz editorial 18.11.15
The outlawing of the northern branch fosters the dangerous illusion that its shutdown will significantly reduce Palestinian terror. The government’s decision is flawed, dangerous and nondemocratic. It should be reversed immediately.


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