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Raed Salah

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Raed Salah's Biography

Raed Salah, Arabic: رائد صلاح‎, is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. First known among Arab citizens of Israel as a poet and father of eight children, Salah also served as the mayor of Umm al-Fahm - an Israeli-Arab city bordering the Green Line - in the 1990s.His popularity increased after his arrest by Israeli authorities in 2003 on allegations of funding Hamas.

Restrictions on movement and surveillance prior to his arrest

For eighteen months prior to his arrest in 2003, Salah was barred from leaving Israel. The newspaper produced by the northern branch of the Islamic Movement was shut down and charities he had founded were closed.Since the election of Ariel Sharon, the Shin Bet had been monitoring and taping phone calls made by Salah and his officials, and intercepting e-mails as well.. It was rumored that over 200,000 recordings were awaiting translation from Arabic to Hebrew to prepare for his trial.

Arrest and two-year imprisonment

Arrested and jailed on suspicion of raising millions of dollars for Hamas in May 2003,human rights non-governmental organizations stated that he had been "unfairly denied bail despite his status and community ties." He was released two years later under a deal that barred him from traveling abroad and required him to check in with an officer every month.Salah said the charges against him were a "mockery".While Salah and four other party leaders stood trial on serious charges of aiding and abetting a "terror organization", the Israeli police said the accusations revolved primarily around money laundering.

Activities against Israeli excavation near the Temple Mount

On February 28, 2007, Israeli police prevented Christian and Muslim leaders from holding a meeting and press conference organized by Salah in Jerusalem to put forward their opposition to Israeli excavation work being carried out near the Temple Mount complex, known to Palestinians as Haram al-Sharif.Police claimed that the organization behind the event, the al-Aqsa Foundation, was affiliated with Hamas.When the event was moved to another hotel after receiving a cancellation order, Israeli police moved in and broke up the meeting.Salah told the Guardian newspaper that this "childish behavior" on the part of Israeli security forces "…does not protect security. It actually makes the security situation explosive."October 2, 2009, Salah gave a speech which was branded "incitement" by police. Arab riots over the Temple Mount were taking place in Jerusalem and surrounding villages, and police claimed that he had incited rioters to violence. On October 6, 2009, Salah was arrested in Wadi Joz. Following a remand hearing before the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, Salah was released hours later, but was banned from entering Jerusalem for thirty days. Judge Shimon Feinberg argued that that there was good reason to suspect Salah as a dangerous body, and that his presence in Jerusalem "could be inciting".


Involvement with 2010 Gaza flotilla

Salah participated in the 2010 "Gaza Freedom Flotilla", a flotilla carrying 10,000 tonnes of aid to the Gaza Strip, with the aim of breaking Israel's blockade. Salah was on the Mavi Marmara, the lead ship in the convoy. On 31 May 2010, the flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli Navy, and activists on the Mavi Marmara violently resisted. In the subsequent clash, nine activists were killed and dozens injured. Seven Israeli naval commandos were also injured. An Israeli Police source told the Jerusalem Post that Salah tried to provide cover for an activist who shot at naval commandos during the raid, but that the gunman had already been hit. Early Palestinian reports claimed that Salah had been critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head. The Israeli Foreign Ministry, dismissed the reports as "rumors" and claimed that Salah was not seriously hurt, but suffered minor injuries.He was removed from the ship and taken to Ashdod, and questioned.Salah along with the head of the Islamic Movement's southern branch, Hamad Abu Daa'bas, was relocated to the Ela Prison in Beersheba to await a hearing before the Ashkelon Magistrate's Court on their involvement with the flotilla.On June 6, Salah was released on NIS 150,000 bail, but placed under house arrest and temporarily barred from leaving Israel.Hours after he was released, Salah gave a speech in Umm al-Fahm, during which he claimed that Zionism, which began in Turkey, would end in Turkey..

2010 arrest

In 2010, Salah was arrested after allegedly attacking a policeman in the Old City of Jerusalem during a protest against Israeli excavations near the Temple Mount, and served a five-month prison sentence When he was released he said: "I would like to thank all those who greeted me and all those waiting for me" - "This demonstrates the power of communication between us until we emerge victorious in al-Aqsa. At a certain stage we'll celebrate the end of the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem and al-Aqsa. We continue our activities fearlessly until we fulfill our aspirations."

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  • Raed Salah's victory raises awkward questions for the ...

      Blog Source: ceasefiremagazine.co.uk | over 2 years ago
    It would be easy to dismiss the Upper Immigration Tribunal's decision regarding Shaikh Raed Salah's appeal against deportation as just another instance where the government has failed to prove its case against what the right-wing media ...
  • Sheikh Raed Salah to return home next week

      Blog Source: www.qudsmedia.com | over 2 years ago
    Quds Media Center -Sources - Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, is to return home from London next week after winning the case against his deportation. The palestinians-1948 website said ...
  • Theresa May's haste to ban Raed Salah will be repented ...

      Blog Source: www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk | over 2 years ago
    Antisemitism is a fact of life, and all too often, a fact of British life. We do not need the events of Toulouse to remind us of that. They could all too easily have happened here.

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