Israel Blocks Departure of 4 Temple Mount Rioters


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Masked Muslims on the Temple Mount (archive)

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Monday signed an order banning four activists – two men and two women – who threaten Israel’s security, from leaving the Israel.

The interior ministry reported that intelligence material presented to Deri indicates that the four are “major terrorist operatives, Hamas activists, who are responsible for riots on the Temple Mount.”


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They may be members of Al-Mourabitoun (male Islamist agitators) and Murabitat (female Islamist agitators), who have been harassing Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount, and starting riots there. Funded by Hamas, both groups have been outlawed since September 2015.

According to the information presented to Minister Deri, the rioters’ departure from the country could pose a risk to state security.

“The material presented to me indicates that the four who are leaving the country could cause real harm to the security of the state and increase the risk of terrorist activity in Israel, so I banned them from leaving,” Deri stated.

The ban is valid for a month, at the end of which Deri can decide to extend it.


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