Islamic Movement Vows to Continue Riots

Spokesperson for radical movement says even if government cracks down, it will continue 'defending' Al-Aqsa as a 'religious obligation.'

Dalit Halevi,

Islamic Movement in Israel protest (file)
Islamic Movement in Israel protest (file)
Flash 90

Zahi Najidat, the spokesperson for the radical Islamic Movement in Israel, said he isn't concerned that the government of Israel might outlaw the group that is largely behind violent riots and attacks on police on the Temple Mount.

"This isn't the first time that the official echelon in Israel is sounding threats against the Islamic Movement, in the past similar threats were heard to pursue the leaders of the Movement, to arrest them and to make it illegal," said Najidat in an interview with the Jordanian Quds Press.

"We weren't surprised by these threats, for we know that supporting the Al-Aqsa Mosque (on the Temple Mount - ed.) has a price we will pay, although it will not deter us from continuing our path in defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

Najidat estimated that Israel may outlaw the activities of the extremist group and arrest its leaders, including its head, Sheikh Raed Salah.

"When we call to help Al-Aqsa we are fulfilling our religious obligation that is upon us, and we will remain firm in our position and won't neglect supporting Al-Aqsa as much as the occupation tries to narrow our activities together with our countrymen in the 1948 territories and Jerusalem," he added.

Najidat emphasized that the Islamic Movement is undeterred, "for justice is with us and we go on the righteous path, and we will continue to conduct our roles and obligations, and even if we pay a price for this position we will advance it happily."

Salah, head of the radical group based in northern Israel, on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the recent wave of terror attacks, accusing him of law enforcement on the Temple Mount.

In response to Salah's long history of calling for violence, MKs have launched a bill to outlaw Salah's movement. The sheikh labeled Israeli leaders “terrorists” and “enemies of Allah” in a speech to Muslims in Be’er Sheva, and was also jailed for five months in 2010 for spitting at an Israeli police officer. 

During a speech at a 2007 demonstration he accused Jews of using children's blood to bake matzah, invoking the infamous medieval blood libels used to trigger murderous pogroms in both Europe and the Middle East. 

Salah also spent a brief period in jail for transferring money to Hamas, and famously "reminisced" fondly over the drawing of swastikas as a child in a 2009 interview with a London-based Arabic-language TV station.


More Arutz Sheva videos:


top