2 Hamas members banned from leaving Israel

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri signed a decree preventing two Hamas members from leaving Israel, out of fear that they intend to promote acts that endanger the state and its residents.

The two Arabs were planning on traveling to Jordan. The decree is valid for 30 days, after which it will be assessed whether the decree should be extended for six months.

In a statement, Deri said he made the decision based on security intelligence suggesting that both Arabs intended to leave the country to “promote actions that constitute a danger to the State and its citizens.”

“Signing an order prohibiting Israelis from departing Israel is an unusual step yet, but the government must exert full legal authority whenever there is a danger to the security of the State or its citizens,” he said in the statement.

According to the minister, Mesbah Mesbah Abu Sabih Sabih, an east Jerusalem Hamas activist, who works with the Al-Shabab Al-Aqsa organization, which incites violence by falsely purporting that Jews intend to seize al-Aqsa Mosque, intended to travel to Jordan to meet with other extremists.

Mohammed Yassin Sabah Yassin, also of east Jerusalem, works with the jihadist al-Hirak al-Shabab youth movement and also planned to incite violence in the capital and in Judea and Samaria while out of the country, Deri said.