Vice premier Shalom: Outlaw Islamic Movement

Vice Premier Shalom Out

In the wake of the Arab riots in Jerusalem, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom called for the Islamic Movement, accused of inciting the violence, to be outlawed. "[Islamic Movement northern branch leader] Sheikh Raed Salah should be behind bars, and so should [deputy head] Kamal Khatib," Shalom told Israel Radio. "I intend to raise the issue in the next cabinet meeting." The Palestinian Authority contributes to the situation by trying to assert its authority over east Jerusalem, Shalom said. "The police is doing its job, but it's time for the state prosecution to start acting....enough is enough," he said, adding that Israel needed to assert its sovereignty on the Temple Mount. Israel must act decisively and crack down on the rioters, because if it fails to do so, those fanning the violence will interpret this as weakness and will increase their activities, the vice premier concluded. Minorities Minister Avishai Braverman told the radio station that the government is strict about ensuring that Jews will not pray at the Temple Mount and stressed that Jews are forbidden from entering the compound according to Jewish law. Extremists on both sides are trying to incite violence and set fire to the Middle East, Braverman said, and they must be stopped.
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