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Israeli court extends detention of Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Raed Salah

Aug. 17, 2017 5:36 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 17, 2017 5:36 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli magistrate court extended the detention of Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Israel, on Thursday, after Salah was arrested by Israeli police two days earlier. 

An Israeli court in Rishon Lezion city in central Israel extended the detention of Salah for an additional six days.

Tens of protesters demonstrated at the court to demand the release of Salah, who was detained for his involvement in the banned group. 

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Tuesday that Salah is accused of “inciting violence and terrorism, as well as affiliation with and support of an illegal and banned union.”

“According to available information, the suspect delivered inciting speeches before crowds and a number of his quotes were disseminated on different media outlets,” al-Samri said.

Last year, Salah turned himself in to Israeli authorities to serve a nine-month sentence for “inciting violence and terrorism” in a speech he delivered in Jerusalem at the time. 

During his imprisonment, Salah was interrogated a number of times, and also launched a hunger strike in protest of being mistreated and held in solitary confinement.

The Islamic Movement's northern branch, led by Salah, has been a vocal critic of Israeli activities at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. The group was banned by Israel in 2015 in a move that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said was a bid to end “dangerous incitement.”
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