Israel places travel bans on Israeli Palestinian leaders

Sheikh Raed Salah, Israeli Palestinian leader of Islamic Movement, is banned from travelling alongside with two other officials of group

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Leader of the northern Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah gestures after leaving the district court in Jerusalem October 27, 2015.

Three senior Isreali Palestinian officials of the Islamic Movement, active largely in northern Israel are banned of travelling by the Israeli Interior Ministry as the human rights organizations slam Israel cracking down on Israeli Palestinian citizens.

Travel bans were placed on Sheikh Raed Salah - the leader of the Islamic Movement, deputy leader Kamal Khatib and the head of the movement's public relations office Yousef Awawdeh.

The Islamic Movement is prohibited in Israel, and any kind of contact with the organization is considered a crime.

"Any person who belongs to this organisation or who provides services to it or who acts within its framework is henceforth committing a criminal offence punishable by a prison sentence," an Israeli statement said.

Salah and Awawdeh cannot travel before January 15, 2016, while Khatib is banned from leaving the country until January 18 next year.

Last month Salah was sentenced for 11 month for incitement of violence at Al Aqsa Mosque compound in a 2007 speech, but it is currently pended since it is appealed in the Israeli supreme court.

Omar Khamayseh, Salah's legal representative and an activist in the Nazareth-based Arab Association for Human Rights told Al Jazeera "This part of the Israeli government political oppression of Arab activists is an attempt to silence them from speaking out against Israeli policies against Palestinians."

According to local media, the Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom said last month if Salah is allowed to travel he will be a threat to Israel's security.

Almost 1.7 million Palestinians are Israeli citizens. They are living in different cities, town and villages across Israel. Palestinian citizens of Israel are discriminated by more than 50 laws according to the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights.

Since September an unrest has been ignited in Israel and the occupied land of Palestine over Al Aqsa Mosque compound. The compound has been a source of religious and political tension for decades between Israel and Palestine, as well as a frequent flashpoint for violence.

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