Sheikh Raed Salah
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Raed Salah to be investigated

Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel to be investigated for incitement in speeches regarding Temple Mount works. 'Justice is on my side,' he says

An investigation against Islamic Movement head Sheikh Raed Salah for incitement to violence, racism and sedition was ordered Thursday by Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan.


The decision, made along with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz and State Prosecutor Eran Shendar, followed Salah's remarks regarding the works at Mugrabi Gate at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem over the past few weeks.


Information received by the State Prosecutor's office reported Salah as saying "It is now the duty of every Arab and Muslim to start an uprising to save Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque.


"The ranks on the officers' shoulders are made of the skulls of martyrs and this is how progress is measured in the Israeli establishment - whoever kills more goes up a rank… don't bet on the destiny of the Jewish people…the most beautiful moment in our lives will be when we meet God as martyrs in the al-Aqsa mosque."


In a sermon given last Friday in Jerusalem, Salah said, "Israeli history is contaminated with blood. They want to build their temple while our blood is on their clothes, on their doors, in their food and drinks. Our blood goes from one terrorist general to another terrorist general."


'Justice is on my side' 

In a newspaper interview on Saturday, Salah said, "The occupying establishment that has ruined part of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque has no right to speak about incitement."


When asked if he feared charges being brought against him, Salah said "Justice is on my side in everything concerning al-Aqsa… "I'm fulfilling my duty of protecting al-Aqsa Mosque, without fear of accusations or incitement by people or organizations in the formal or public Israeli establishment."


פרסום ראשון: 02.22.07, 14:11
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