Less than a week after his arrest, Sheikh Raed Salah was indicted for incitement to terrorism. The indictment states that on various occasions, Salah praised terrorists in a way that encourages terrorism.
Watch: Salah in court, today
Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was charged in an Israeli courtroom with incitement to terrorism and support for an illegal organization on Thursday, less than two weeks after he was arrested.
According to the indictment, Salah has been accused of three counts of incitement to terrorism and three counts of support for an illegal organization. The prosecution noted that the indictment was filed with the recommendation of the State Attorney and the approval of the Attorney General “as is required by law, given the nature of the crimes.”
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The indictment states that Salah “published on various occasions words of praise, sympathy or encouragement for a terror attack, support for it or solidarity with it.” One of the times that Salah encouraged terrorism was when he praised the three terrorists from Umm al-Fahm who murdered two police officers in Jerusalem last month, calling them “martyrs.”
“At these times, we must stand as one house, as one family,” he said. “We will bid farewell to our martyrs: Muhamad, Muhamad and Muhamad. And hope that they will join the prophets, righteous ones and martyrs.”
Last week, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan welcomed Salah’s arrest. Erdan stated that Salah “led a movement that was outlawed because of its extreme ideology, which prompted murders and terrorism.”
“Salah spoke in a way that encourages extremism,” Erdan added. “In my opinion, he’s a danger to the public. I hope that this time, justice will be served and he will be sent behind bars for a long time.”