Daily Israel Report

Islamist Shiekh Banned from Leaving Israel Due to Security Risks

Sheikh Raed Salah, convicted for anti-Israel incitement, receives travel ban on suspicions of planning to 'risk national security' abroad.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 6/18/2014, 8:18 PM / Last Update: 6/18/2014, 8:27 PM

Sheikh Raed Salah
Sheikh Raed Salah
Flash 90

Islamist Sheikh Raed Salah has been banned from leaving Israel Wednesday, after Interior Minister Gid'on Sa'ar and security officials received information that he would be conducting "activities dangerous to national security" abroad. 

Aside from inciting followers to violence on the Temple Mount, Salah was let off with a 9,000 shekel (roughly $2,500) fine in May over disruptive behavior in the Allenby crossing to and from Jordan - in 2011 he was arrested for slapping a security officer as his wife was being searched.

Salah was jailed for five months in 2010 for spitting at an Israeli police officer. Last year, he labeled Israeli leaders “terrorists” and “enemies of Allah” in a speech to Muslims in Be’er Sheva. He was also given a suspended eight month sentence in March for incitement regarding the Temple Mount.

The Israeli government in late May began discussions on whether to declare Salah's Islamic Movement in Israel an illegal organization. Salah has been jailed for incitement in the past after calling followers to physically block Jews from entering the Temple Mount, and has been sentenced in the past for incitement and assault, among other nationalistically-motivated crimes.

The Islamic Movement has also been involved in the violent "Nakba Day" protests opposing Israel's existence.