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Sheikh Raed Salah sends Eid message from prison

Leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Shaikh Raed Salah [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

The leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah has sent a message from his prison on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr which is marked this weekend.

Sheikh Salah said in his message that he was grateful to God despite all the ordeals and hardship he has endured including being transferred from solitary confinement in one prison to isolation in another and then finally being left in solitary in in Ashkelon prison.

"But I say what I have gone through is only a victory for my Islamic, Arab and Palestinian values which I grew up with and lived on," he said.

Sheikh Salah ended his message by wishing all Muslims Ramadan Kareem and Happy Eid.

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.

Read: Sheikh Raed Salah sends message to Palestinians from prison

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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