The activities of a terrorist organization are prohibited even when incorporating apparently legitimate acts. Therefore, the fact that the movement is also engaged in activities of charity and education does not protect it from being outlawed.
The Attorney General of Israel has accepted the view of the State Attorney, according to which sufficient evidence exists to pronounce the entire Northern Faction of the Islamic Movement organization to be an unlawful association, in accordance with regulation 84 of the Defense Regulations.
Several points provide together the legal basis for pronouncing the Northern Faction of the Islamic Movement organization to be an unlawful association:
- Extensive cooperation between the Islamic Movement and the Hamas terrorist organization regarding Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, both at the level of the activities of the movement’s institutions, some of which have acted in cooperation with Hamas, and at the level of the joint initiatives of the movement and Hamas.
- Since the second half of 2014, eight of the Islamic Movement’s institutions have been pronounced to be unlawful associations as a result of acting in cooperation with Hamas in Jerusalem. Nevertheless, and in spite of such measures, taken as proportional alternatives, the movement has not ceased its cooperation with Hamas in Jerusalem and has immediately established alternatives to any institute that has been closed.
- Information exists indicating that the movement is interested in continuing the activity of the Murabitun/Murabitat (paid activists attempting to prevent Jews from entering the Temple Mount), in spite of them being outlawed. This is the core initiative of cooperation between the northern branch and Hamas.
- The Islamic Movement is assisted by the global financial network of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, and is financed by it in various ways. For years, a large part of the movement’s activity has been financed by funds identified with Hamas. The Islamic Movement organization continues to receive direct support from funds of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The ruling of the Supreme Court states that the activities of a terrorist organization remain prohibited even when incorporating apparently legitimate acts. Therefore, the fact that the movement is also engaged in activities of charity and education does not protect it from being outlawed.
The operative meaning of all of the above is as follows:
- Any person who continues to act as part of the Northern Faction of the Islamic Movement shall be committing a criminal offense.
- Funds and assets belonging to the Northern Faction may be confiscated under certain conditions.
- No action shall be taken against any body, association or specific office unless sufficient evidence exists to determine that such a body, association or office is part of the Northern Faction of the organization.