Netanyahu: Bill Outlawing Islamic Movement to Be Brought to Vote in Days

Prime minister says outlawing organization, which is implicated in incitement over Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa, is 'vital for Israel's security.

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Sheik Ra'ad Salah, right, head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, at a protest in solidarity with hunger-striking prisoners in June.Credit: Gil Eliyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a tour of the Gaza Division on Tuesday that he intends to bring a bill outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement to a vote in the coming days.

"It's a process made in cooperation with the judicial system, but we'll finish it in the coming days and implement it. This issue is vital for Israel's security," Netanyahu said.

In recent days, the security cabinet held several meetings over outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. The main catalyst for the measure, which Netanyahu has been discussing for over two years, is the organization and its leader's involvement in incitement revolving around the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It remains unclear how the government will outlaw the organization. A source at the Prime Minister's Office said that a first step may be outlawing the Muslim Brotherhood - the group the Islamic Movement is affiliated with, and which funnels cash to it from around the Arab world.

Netanyahu was quoted Tuesday morning in the Israel Hayom daily saying that any attempts to transfer funding to the Islamic Movement would be considered a violation of the law. He said that cutting the Movement's funding would stop incitement from within the country and abroad. 

"All funding will be considered illegal," Netanyahu said. "The Movement's activities cost money," Netanyahu added, saying that "when they send buses to the Temple Mount, it costs money. When they pay activists and when they get together at stadiums, it costs money. We will root them out."