The leader of the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel was arrested this morning on suspicion of inciting to violence and terrorism. The Israel Police explained that among other things, Sheikh Raed Salah praised the three terrorists who recently murdered two Israeli police officers.
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The Israel Police arrested Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Tuesday morning on suspicion of inciting to violence and terrorism. He is also suspected of supporting and being active in an illegal movement. The police officers searched his home in Umm al-Fahm. Salah will remain in police custody until the end of the week.
The Shin Bet is also part of the investigation, which was approved by the State Attorney’s Office. The Israeli Attorney General was informed in advance about the investigation. According to the Israel Police, on several occasions after Salah’s movement was outlawed, the religious leader encouraged his followers to carry out violent acts against Israelis, and his remarks were broadcasted by the various Arab media outlets.
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Salah is suspected of inciting to violence after the recent murder of two Israeli Druze police officers near the Temple Mount. The Israel Police stated that Salah praised the three terrorists during speeches in Umm al-Fahm, the home town of the terrorists.
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.”