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De nieuwste islamitische bijdrage aan vrede in het Midden-Oosten?

Last update - 23:40 28/08/2008
Islamic Movement announces plans to establish new organization
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
The Islamic Movement announced on Thursday that it plans to establish a new organization in place of the Al-Aqsa Institute after security personnel closed down one of its offices earlier in the week.
The Defense Ministry also issued instructions to freeze the organization's bank accounts.
The name of the Islamic Movement's new organ is 'The Al Aqsa Institute for holy sites and heritage' .The name was made public in a special message on Thursday.
According to the same notification, the organization's goals resemble quite closely the goals of the organization that was shut down earlier in the week for suspected ties to the Hamas leadership in Jerusalem. The name of the former organ, Protectors of holy places and guardians of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, is also quite similar to the new one.
Its activity was allegedly funded in part by the "Charity Coalition," an umbrella group of hard-line Islamic foundations from around the world.
"The Islamic Movement will not surrender to the stupid Israeli 'Barakish' arrogance," the message read, clearly referring to Defense Minister Ehud Barak who drafted the closure order. Barak also described the organization operating in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm as an "unrecognized association."
The Islamic Movement also announced that the new organization and its supporters would be volunteering in the city of Jaffa on Saturday to help clean and renovate cemeteries and mosques.

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