Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said yesterday that the “Israeli prison sentence against me proves the injustice of the Israeli occupation,” Al Watan Voice reported.
Under the ruling, Sheikh Salah is banned from addressing people, forcing his lawyer Omar Khamaysi, to read his statement to supporters who gathered in front of the Israeli court in Haifa.
The Israeli court yesterday issued a 28-month prison sentence against Salah over claims of inciting terror.
Sheikh Salah said:
The prison sentence does not scare me at all…the Israeli oppression has been hunting me and my Palestinian people.
“I reiterated my principles before the Israeli court,” he said, stating that his principles are “Islamic, Arabic and Palestinian.”
Adding: “Is there any victory better than sticking to the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet, Palestinian principles, the Arabic language, Palestinian culture, Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque?”
“I stick to these principles because they are not individual, but they are the bases of the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah of the Prophet so that they are the principles of every Muslim, Arab and Palestinian.”
Sheikh Salah stressed: “The ruling against me reveals the real face of the Israeli judiciary which has become far from just. When the judiciary wins over justice, it is a victory for oppression, racism, persecution, political hunting, criminalising of freedom of speech and the resurrection of the Inquisitions.”
“I decided not to appeal against the sentence in spite of it being oppressive and harsh because my only concern is to be credible before God and history. This is the victory for all of us because my case will remain a witness against the Israeli oppression.”