DM Yaalon Signs Declaration Declaring the "Mourabitoun" and the "Mourabitat"
as Illegal Organizations
(Communicated by the Defense Minister's Media Adviser)
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, last night (Tuesday, 8 September 2015), upon
the recommendation of the ISA and the Israel Police, signed a declaration
declaring the "Mourabitoun" and the "Mourabitat" as illegal organizations,
having been convinced that the step was necessary in order to defend the
security of the state, the well-being of the public and public order.
The activities of the "Mourabitoun" and the "Mourabitat" are a main factor
in creating the tension and violence on the Temple Mount in particular and
in Jerusalem in general. They engage in inciteful and dangerous activity
against tourists, visitors and worshippers at the site, which leads to
violence and is liable to injure human life.
The aforesaid organizations strive to undermine Israeli sovereignty on the
Temple Mount, change the existing reality and arrangements at the site and
infringe on freedom of worship. They are linked to – and frequently guided
by – hostile Islamic organizations.
The declaration was signed after receiving the approval of Attorney General
Yehuda Weinstein and means that henceforth, those who participate in,
organize or finance activity of the "Mourabitoun" and the "Mourabitat" are
committing a prohibited act and are subject to trial.
Defense Minister Yaalon: "The State of Israel allows freedom of worship to
all its citizens, tourists and visitors regardless of their religion and
holds this to be an important and essential basic value. However, we have no
intention of allowing violent and inciteful elements to harm public order
and threaten the safety of worshippers especially at a sensitive and holy
site such as the Temple Mount."