Leader of Islamic Movement in Israel handed 11 month sentence for inciting violence

“May the streets of Jerusalem be purified with the blood of the innocent, who shed it in order to separate from their souls the soldiers of the Israel occupation, also in the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque.”

By JTA
March 28, 2015 06:34
1 minute read.
Sheikh Raed Salah

Sheikh Raed Salah (C), head of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

An Israeli court sentenced a prominent Islamist leader to 11 months in prison for incitement to violence and racism.

Thursday’s ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court comes after Sheikh Ra’ad Saleh, the leader of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, appealed an eight-month sentence he received last year.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The prosecution charged Saleh in connection with a sermon he delivered in 2007 in Jerusalem, Army Radio reported.

“May the streets of Jerusalem be purified with the blood of the innocent, who shed it in order to separate from their souls the soldiers of the Israel occupation, also in the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said during that sermon.

Last year, the court sentenced Saleh, who has multiple convictions for incitement, to eight months in prison for incitement to violence.

In that ruling, the court acquitted Saleh of the added charge of incitement to racism. In ruling on the appeal on Thursday, the court reversed that finding, and added three months to his sentence for the racism charge.

Avigdor Feldman, Saleh’s lawyer, told Army Radio that Saleh’s statements were “dwarfed” by by those made during the recent elections by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, “who refer to Israeli Arabs as a fifth column and their vote as a threat.”

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


During the 2007 sermon, Saleh also said: “Our finest moment will be when we meet Allah as martyrs in Al-Aqsa.” A crowd of Palestinian men confronted Border Police troops at the end of that sermon, wounding three of them.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Car Accident
September 25, 2018
Spanish journalist in custody over deadly hit-and-run in Jerusalem

By TAMARA ZIEVE