Men accused of killing taxi driver
Men accused of killing taxi driver Yefim Weinstein in court on Monday, June 28, 2010. Photo by Gil Eliyahu
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak declared Monday the religious Israeli-Arab organization An-Nasser Allah illegal due to its involvement in terrorist activities.

According to Barak, the organization was directly involved in the November 2009 murder of Yefim Weinstein, a 54-year-old taxi driver from Upper Nazareth. Furthermore, the group has been involved in several attacks on Jews and Arabs in the Nazareth area, and has been collecting weapons for planned terror attacks.

Security sources claim the organization was inspired by Al-Qaida and hold a Salafist-Jihadist ideology which seeks to bring global jihad to Israel. Its leader, Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim was indicted eight months ago for incitement to terror.

Following a security officials’ recommendation, Barak signed a rare order which deems the organization illegal under the Emergency Defense Regulations. The last time such an order was signed within the Green Line was in 2008 when the Al-Aqsa Corporation, founded by the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was declared illegal for aiding Hamas.