Sheikh Raed Salah prays in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square (file)
Sheikh Raed Salah prays in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square (file)Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90

Recently appointed Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) signed on Thursday an order forbidding Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the banned Islamic Movement in Israel, as well as his deputy Kamal Khatib, and several other activists in the group, to exit the country .

Deri signed the order after determining that there is a real concern that if Salah, Khatib and the other activists were allowed to leave Israel, it would pose a danger to the security of the state.

The orders will take effect in the coming days, and will be valid for a month, allowing the activists to petition the orders. For several of the activists the period of petitioning has already ended, and therefore the orders against them were effectively extended by five months.

The Islamic Movement, which is funded by Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood and has actively incited violence, was outlawed by the government last September.

In response, 20,000 Arab citizens of Israel held a massive protest, in support of the Islamist group that has been shown to be involved in riots, attacks and incitement on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

A poll published right after the decision to outlaw the radical movement found that 57% of the Arab citizens in Israel said the Islamic Movement faithfully represents them.

The Islamic Movement is actually banned in several Muslim states - in part, due to its 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. 

Salah himself 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 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.