Israeli court jails resistance icon Raed Salah for 28 months

Feb 10,2020

Israel is doing its best to keep Sheikh Raed Salah away from Al Aqsa Mosque as he is an outspoken critic of occupation policies against the Islamic holy site.

An Israeli court sentenced on Monday Palestinian resistance icon Sheikh Raed Salah to 28 months in prison over claims of inciting violence.

Sheikh Salah has already served 11 months in Israeli prison, including six months in solitary confinement.

Dozens of Palestinians organised a stand in solidarity with Salah before the Israeli court in northern city of Haifa which issued the sentence.

Khaled Zabarqa, Salah's lawyer, told Anadolu that Israel’s endless bids to silence Sheikh Raed Salah were meant to pave the way for announcing the controversial peace plan in the Middle East.

In August 2017, Salah was arrested at his home in the city of Umm al Fahm in northern Israel before being convicted on charges of “inciting violence.” He denied the charges.

In February 2018, the Israeli Central Court slapped the Palestinian resistance icon with six months of solitary confinement.

Exactly a year after, the Israeli Supreme Court sentenced Salah to three more months of house arrest, where he has served until now.

Since 2015, Israel has prohibited Salah from traveling outside the country in order to keep him silent and away from mass media.

The Islamic Movement in Israel, which Salah founded in 1971, has been outlawed by the Israeli occupation authorities since 2015.

In recent years, the Israeli occupation authorities have repeatedly arrested Salah and shut down dozens of organisations, including a number of charities, over their alleged links to his movement.