A man carries a photo inside the offices of the The Islamic Movement northern branch in Israel after Israel outlawed the Movement today in Umm al-Faham, northern Israel, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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In outlawing its most strident Islamist group, Israel risks angering its largely quiescent 1948 Palestinian citizens as it confronts a wave of Palestinian violence powered by religious and political tensions.The relative popularity of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, banned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet Tuesday, has troubled Israel as it tries to curb street attacks raging for the past seven weeks.Leaders of the 1948 Palestinian minority declared a commercial strike for Thursday in protest of the ban and accused Netanyahu of scapegoating their community rather than addressing the Palestinians' grievances and statehood demands.Netanyahu contends that the Islamic Movement's northern section, which unlike its southern branch refuses to recognize Israel's legitimacy, has encouraged assaults on Israelis. Its leader has said it will take legal action against the ban.Sympathy for Palestinian brethren living under Israeli occupation has traditionally been strong, and 1948 Palestinians dislike the Jewish-nationalist policies championed by Netanyahu.
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