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Sheikh Raed Salah sends message to Palestinians from prison

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah (C) appears in court after he was taken into custody in Haifa, Israel on 28 March 2018 [Stringer/Anadolu Agency]

Head of the Islamic Movement in occupied Palestine, Sheikh Raed Salah, has sent a message from inside his cell to the Palestinian people explaining his condition and the circumstances that he faces inside prison.

"We don't accept being held in prison, but if it is imposed on us then we believe in God's power to protect us," read Sheikh Salah's letter, which he handed to his lawyer.

"We have to face and endure the consequences," he said, stressing: "I am sure, God willing, that we are on the verge of winning this battle," referring to the Palestinian conflict with the Israelis.

"I always pray to God to choose the best for me," he concluded.

Israel: Raed Salah can be released, placed under house arrest

Sheikh Salah was arrested from his house on 25 August 2017 and was indicted nine days later by the Israeli Public Prosecution. He was accused of 12 charges, including violating the law and inciting terror.

An Israeli court in Haifa has decided that he remain in prison until the end of the judicial proceedings against him. His defence team appealed against the ruling, but the appeal was turned down by the court.

He had previously been released on 17 January 2016 after spending nine months in jail. But his release was subject to restrictions on his movement, including travel bans and a ban on entering Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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