Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan this week asked Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to urgently declare the Murabitat organization—which is active on the Temple Mount and poses as “a religious studies group”—as an unlawful association.
The Murabitat is funded by the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, headed by “Al-Aqsa Sheikh” Raed Salah. Its hundreds of male and female members are paid thousands of shekels per month to agitate and verbally abuse Jewish visitors there.
According to Erdan, Murabitat members monitor visits by Jews to the Temple Mount, shout obscenities and incite against them, and block visitor access to the holy site.
The Palestinian Authority condemned Erdan’s proposal to outlaw the group.