Photo: Gil Yohanan
Sheikh Raed Salah
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Sheikh Salah to be indicted for incitement

Head of Islamic Movement's northern branch will be indicted on charges of incitement, racism

The prosecution will file an indictment against Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, on charges of incitement to violence and racism, it was announced Wednesday.


Salah was arrested last February in Jerusalem for urging a third Palestinian uprising against Israel during a protest against a dig near the Old City's Mugrabi Gate that leads of the Temple Mount.


"We tell every Muslim and Arab that their duty is to aid the Palestinian people with launching a third intifada," he said then. "Our most beautiful moment will be when we meet God as martyrs in the Al-Aqsa Mosque."


Salah was released with provisions and banned from taking part in public gatherings.


Israeli Arabs and Palestinians feared that the archeological dig in the site and plans to build a bridge that leads to the gate would damage the infrastructure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Their fear translated into weeks of protests and clashes with the police.


The Jerusalem Municipality later agreed to cancel construction plans on the site.


Salah was arrested in the past following suspicions that the organization he heads funneled monies to Hamas. He was subsequently released for lack of evidence.


פרסום ראשון: 08.08.07, 21:29
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