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Israeli officials are behind detention of Sheikh Raed Salah, says lawyer

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (2nd L) appears in court after he was taken under custody on the grounds that he allegedly provoked and supported an illegal association, in Rishon Lezion, Israel on 14 August , 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]
Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (C) appears in court in Israel on 14 August 2017 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli officials operating at a political level are behind the arrest and continued detention of Sheikh Raed Salah, his lawyer has told Quds Press. “This,” said Khalid Zabarqeh, “means that obtaining his release will be very difficult.” He ruled out any hope that the head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel would be released after the court hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The Magistrates’ Court in the illegal Israeli settlement of Rishion Litzzion extended the detention of Sheikh Salah on Monday until 24 August.

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“The Israeli Public Prosecution Service accused Sheikh Salah of inciting terror based on remarks he is alleged to have made as he delivered a Friday speech following the end of the violence took place around Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the lawyer explained. “As expected, the Public Prosecutor requested the extension of Sheikh Salah’s detention for four days and the court did this.”

Zabarqeh placed the responsibility for an attack on Sheikh Salah in prison on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers. Three criminals attacked the Palestinian leader and threatened him in front of Israeli prison officers, who did not intervene.

Read: Israel extends Sheikh Raed Salah’s detention

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