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Leader of the northern branch of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, arrives at the District Court in Jerusalem.

The remand of the head of the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, was extended by four days on Monday after his arraignment before a judge in the Magistrates Court in Rishon LeZion.

Salah was arrested last week in connection with a sermon he delivered right after last month’s terrorist attack that killed two Israeli Police officers at the Temple Mount. The sermon was delivered “in front of a large crowd,” according to police, who contend it constituted incitement.

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The Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement has long worked to encourage Arab citizens of Israel and others to carry out attacks against Jews in the country.

The Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement – which is a banned organization – also funds the Mourabitun, a group of Arab women and boys who closely follow Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, dogging their heels on the grounds and screaming at them throughout their visits.

Occasionally they become physical in their efforts to harass Jews on the sacred site, and even violent. As a result, last September the Israeli government banned the Mourabitun from the Temple Mount but thus far has not yet outlawed the organization entirely.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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