Police shut down Israeli Arab terror charity

Sunday, August 24, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

A charity organization affiliated with the Islamic Movement in northern Israel was raided and shut down by Israeli security forces late Saturday night on suspicions of aiding the Palestinian terror group Hamas.

Acting on orders from Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the police confiscated from the offices of the "Al Aksa" institute computers, documents, cash and propaganda material urging violent rebellion against Israel.

According to a police statement, the "Al Aksa" institute had been providing Hamas cells in Jerusalem with logistic and financial support.

The Islamic Movement has long been connected to Hamas. The leader of the Islamic Movement's northern Israel branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, spent years in an Israeli jail for his personal role in financing Hamas activities and encouraging Israeli Arabs to support the violent Palestinian group.

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