Islamic Movement (Northern Branch)

The Islamic Movement in Israel split into two branches in 1996 over its decision to stand candidates for the Knesset. The southern branch formed the Ra’am party (now part of the Joint List), while the northern branch continues to boycott elections. The northern branch – led by Raed Salah – is said to have links with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

In November 2015, the Israeli government issued an executive order under the 1945 Emergency Regulations that outlawed the northern Islamic Movement and 17 associated NGOs. The Murabitat and Murabitoun, a collective established by the movement to ‘defend’ Al-Aqsa, were also outlawed.