Sheikh Raed Salah 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
MK Taleb a-Sanaa (United Arab List-Ta’al) visited Raed Salah, leader of the
Islamic Movement’s northern branch, in a British prison on Thursday, along with
a legal team to help bring back the Umm al-Fahm resident to
“Salah is a leader of the Arab population, and his arrest was a
clearly political act,” Sanaa told The Jerusalem Post.
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Salah was arrested
last week after refusing to acquiesce to a British deportation order. He plans
to appeal the order in court on Friday.
“I find it outrageous that the
Foreign Ministry did not lift a finger to help Salah,” Sanaa added. “If he was a
Jew, they would have done something – but he’s an Arab.”
“Not only was
[the Foreign Ministry] silent, it seems that they were happy,” the MK
Sanaa, a lawyer, brought a team of attorneys to help Salah. “I
am here to strengthen and encourage him,” Sanaa said. “I hope the court will
The MK said that Salah “did not commit any crime. This is a
dangerous precedent,” he told the Post
When asked about Jewish- Israeli
leaders facing possible arrests due to UK universal jurisdiction laws, Sanaa
said: “Those are soldiers and officers who committed war crimes, or officials
who gave instructions.”
“Salah never gave any order to hurt civilians,”
the lawmaker added.
In 2008, Salah was convicted of incitement to
terrorism after giving an anti-Israel speech in which he claimed that Jewish
people “eat bread dipped in children’s blood.”
Last year, he served five
months in prison for assaulting and spitting on a police officer.
Islamic Movement leader also sailed on the Mavi Marmara
in May 2010 as part of
the Gaza flotilla.