Israel arrests Islamic Movement head over alleged terror involvement

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 15, 2017

The leader of the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel was arrested this morning on suspicion of inciting to violence and terrorism.

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the illegal Northern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested by Israeli security forces on Tuesday on charges of incitement.

Police Spokeswoman Luba Samri said Salah was taken for questioning in the headquarters of Lahav 433, Israel's Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the police will decide if they will ask the court to remand him in custody.

Salah's wife, Um Omar, said about 20 police officers stormed into their home, confiscating computers and arresting her husband without telling them the reason for his arrest.

According to the Israel Police, on several occasions after Salah's movement was outlawed, the religious leader encouraged his followers to carry out violent acts against Israelis, and his remarks were broadcasted by the various Arab media outlets. The Israel Police stated that Salah praised the three terrorists during speeches in Umm al-Fahm, the home town of the terrorists.

The Israeli minister, Yisrael Katz, threatened to arrest Salah and send him into exile.

The northern chapter of the Islamic movement in Israel is a group devoted to the ideology of political Islam that does not recognize the state of Israel, and as a result, does not engage in Israel's election process. "In my opinion, he's a danger to the public". Erdan has wished to see Salah placed behind bars for a long time, he said.

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