Travel Ban on Islamic Movement Deputy Leader

Crackdown on terror group within Israel's borders begins in full force, as government travel bans extend past leader Raed Salah.

Uzi Baruch,

Kamal Khatib (file)
Kamal Khatib (file)
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Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) signed an order Monday night barring Kamal Khatib, the second-in-command in the Islamic Movement in Israel terror group, from leaving Israel. The order will be valid for one month. 

Shalom said that this is another step in a series of steps he is taking and exercising his authority against those who endanger national security. 

Earlier Monday, Netanyahu vowed to take action against the Islamic Movement, which he has vowed to blacklist repeatedly recently against the backdrop of escalating terror attacks. 

"We will soon announce a series of measures that we will take against the Islamic Movement," he said. "It is our duty to protect the citizens of this country and we cannot accept that the citizens of this country are inciting against Israel's existence and encourage acts against innocent lives." 

The Islamic Movement is actually banned in several Muslim states - in part, due to links to the Muslim Brotherhood - and has been repeatedly involved in several incitement-laced activities, including violent "Nakba Day" protests, calls for an "intifada", and rioting on the Temple Mount. 

Khatib is the direct deputy to Sheikh Raed Salah, who has 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. 

He was convicted by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court in November 2013 with inciting to violence, but acquitted on inciting to racism. In 2014, he was given eight months in jail and an additional eight months on condition.

Salah tried to flee Israel through Turkey in an attempt to escape the legal proceedings against him on Wednesday evening, but was detained at the airport because of the detention warrant.

On Wednesday morning, the Jerusalem District Court convened to examine the appeal of Salah's 11-month prison sentence, originally imposed on him in 2007. He was banned Thursday from leaving Israel. 




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