New political Arab party to emerge with members of banned Islamic Movement

In the coming days an announcement is expected regarding the establishment of a new Arab-Israeli political party, which will be led by politicians, activists, terrorists and members who were formerly part of the now outlawed “Islamic Movement”, a newspaper affiliated with the terror group reports.

The newspaper al-Madina, which is close to the Islamic Movement, and is published in the town of Umm el-Fahm, one of the bastions of the movement in Israel, reports that a prominent figure “who had a role in politics among the Palestinians in Israel” is the one to lead the new party which will be called the “loyalty and reform” party.

The sources said that the reason that a new Arab-Israeli party is emerging is because of “the prevailing situation among the Palestinians and the political and popular hegemony in Israel.”

Even though it will be an extra-parliamentary party, it aspires to represent the Arabs in Israel, said al-Madina.

A journalist close to the source who requested that they remain anonymous, said that it is “a political party with extra-parliamentary services which will try to attract a lot of known personalities from the Arab political scene in Israel”.

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The source declined to name the individuals behind the establishment of the party at this stage. The source added, however, that “many former leaders of the Islamic movement were surprised by news of the establishment of a new party, especially given the fact that the protest against Israel’s decision to ban the Islamic movement is still underway”.

Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic movement has said that there is no connection between him and the new party, and he refused to link the new party to the Islamic Movement.

Salah said in an article he wrote recently, that he will continue to support the Islamic Movement with the authorities and in the courts and that he will continue to bear the legal and political implications of the outlawed movement.

Israel outlawed the country’s leading Islamist movement in November for inciting dangerous violence against the state and seeking its destruction in order to replace it with an Islamist caliphate.

Salah wrote recently in one of his articles that he “continues to be the head of the Islamic Movement and stays at the top of the movement, actively involved with the Palestinian masses in Israel, the issue of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and everything to do with Palestinian prisoners and their problems.”

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The leader of one of the movements that operates within the Arab population in Israel told i24news that “this is a political party to incorporate within it the majority of members of the outlawed Islamic Movement, apart from Sheikh Raed Salah and his deputy, Sheikh Kamal Khatib.”

“The party may include known leaders and personalities close to the Islamic Movement that do not belong to any Arab political or party frameworks in Israel,” he added.

He noted that “the idea of establishing a new Arab-Israeli party in Israel, was under discussion in the institutions of the Islamic Movement before it was banned, especially after the announcement of the government’s legal adviser that Israel was to begin exploring the operations of the Islamic movement in the months preceding the ban.”

According to a government statement, the Israeli organization is “a sister movement of the Hamas terrorist organization. The northern branch of the Islamic Movement is a separatist-racist organization that does not recognize the institutions of the State of Israel, denies its right to exist and calls for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in its place.