Sheikh Raed Salah 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
The Islamic Movement on Wednesday reacted to news of the arrest of its northern branch leader Sheikh Raed Salah in London overnight, blaming the "Jewish lobby" for the arrest in order to protect the "Zionist narrative."
Salah received the invitation to come to Britain, the Jewish lobby went
crazy and did everything in its power to prevent the visit, so that the
Zionist narrative remains the only narrative," the movement said in a
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a direct message to "the Jewish lobby," the Islamic Movement continued,
"We will protect our rights and will bring the voice of truth to the
world, especially as it relates to the Palestinian people. We won't be
affected by this political arrest."
MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), reacting to the arrest, had harsh words for the Israeli government.
"Instead of the British authorities supporting our just struggle for
democracy, freedom and political action, it seems they support the
Israeli policies of political persecution against Arabs in Israel," she said
"The primary source behind the arrest is Israeli pressure and the pressure of Zionist actors inside Britain," added Zoabi.
Calling for Salah's release, she continued, "I suggest the British be
smarter in their behavior, in everything related to the rights of
Palestinians in Israel. We, the Arab leadership, need to act more
aggressively in the international area, so that the world understands
that the policies of racism and political persecution that the Israeli
government carries out against us."
Also addressing Salah's arrest was MK Ahmed Tibi, who described
the arrest as, "baffling and undemocratic behavior by the British
MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) said in reaction, the UK is "cooperating with Israeli oppression."
"The arrest is a blow to the Arab public in Israel, which sees Sheikh
Raed Salah as one of its leaders," Zahalka explained. "This is a
political and religious figure, and there is no justified reason to
arrest him. Instead of the UK supporting the rights of Arab citizens in
Israel, they are cooperating in harming them."
According to the Islamic Movement, Salah was arrested close to midnight
overnight Tuesday in London after returning from a lecture in
Leicester. He was reportedly scheduled to speak to the British
Parliament later in the visit, an appearance scheduled at the invitation
of an MP.
Lawyers said that Salah was faced with two options: to stand trial, or face immediate deportation, Channel 10 reported.
In April, Salah, was detained for interrogation on suspicions that he
attacked police officers and obstructed their duties at the Allenby
Bridge, connecting the West Bank to Jordan.
Late last year, the Islamic Movement leader was released from prison in Ramle after serving a five-month sentence.
Salah had been convicted of assaulting and spitting on a police officer
who was providing security at a demonstration sponsored by the Sheikh in