'We Must Outlaw the Islamic Movement in Israel'

FM Avigdor Liberman says lesson of Paris attack is to preemptively strike against extremist movements that harm our borders.

Cynthia Blank ,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman issued a more personal analysis of Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris, on his Facebook page Thursday morning. 

During the attack, three masked Islamists armed with Kalashnikov automatic rifles opened fire at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. 

According to Liberman the logical conclusion of the massacre is to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. 

"If there is an important lesson to be learned from the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in Paris, it is to preeminently take care of extremist movements, who are only distinguished from terrorist organizations by legal and grammatical semantics."  

Continuing, Liberman noted, "whoever is tolerant of these movements and organizations will ultimately pay in innocent blood and threats to democracy - which gave them the right to exist in the first place." 

"Therefore we must not delay. We must shut down the operations of the northern branch of Islamic Movement led by Sheikh Raed Salah." 

According to Liberman, "the northern branch of the Islamic Movement led by Salah distributes the exact same values as the perpetrators of the massacre in Paris - intolerance of criticism and anything that is inconsistent with the extreme values they hold." 

He added that "they are a threat to democracy and the lives of Israeli citizens." 

"Little things that prevented us from outlawing the movement may be costly in the future," Liberman continued. 

"While we are dealing with sub-sections they are provoking; while are are examining, they are undermining the state. We will continue to work to outlaw them through clear and unequivocal legislation that will be impossible to reject with sophisticated legal arguments." 

On Wednesday night, Liberman was one of many world leaders and ministers who sent condolences to France. He noted especially that "Israel identifies with France's pain." 

"Terror and terrorists must never be permitted to sow fear in the free world and the West must stand united and determined in the face of this danger," he added.



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