(photo credit: Makbula Nassar )
Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed an order on Tuesday outlawing a
Nazareth-based Islamic organization accused of having links to al-Qaida and
global jihad terrorist groups.
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Three of Ansar Allah’s members
participated in the murder of taxi driver Yafim Weinstein in November 2009, as
well as in other attacks.
Weinstein, 54, a resident of Upper Nazareth,
was found murdered in his cab outside Kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh.
members of Ansar Allah founded a sevenman group called Aljahabiyya, which was
inspired by and affiliated with al- Qaida and global jihad. Two of the members
tried traveling to an al-Qaida training camp in Somalia to join the fighting
against the Christian “heretics” and the US, but were barred from entering
Somalia at the Kenyan border.
The head of the group is Sheikh Nazim Abu
Salim, the imam of the Shihab-e- Din Mosque in downtown Nazareth. Abu Salim was
arrested by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) in June 2009 but was later
released. He has in the past referred to Israel as launching a
“Zionist-Crusader” attack on Islam.