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Israeli police questions imprisoned Islamic Movement leader over incitement

Jan. 4, 2017 9:06 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 4, 2017 9:14 P.M.)
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police summoned Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Israel, for interrogation on Wednesday over alleged inciting statements, Israeli police said in a statement.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said the interrogation of Salah, who has been imprisoned since May, was carried out with the approval of an Israeli prosecutor.

She added that Israeli police had previously interrogated Salah on Dec. 21 over alleged incitement and posting on social media about the continued existence of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch, whose activities were banned by Israel in 2015.

Salah was detained in May and sentenced to nine months in prison for “inciting violence and terrorism.”

Shortly afterwards, Salah was placed in solitary confinement, as the Israel Prison Service (IPS) reportedly claimed that the religious leader was “a threat to other prisoners due to his influential personality."

An appeal to end Salah’s isolation was rejected by an Israeli court in November.

In October, Israeli forces raided and closed several institutions in northern Israel for allegedly being affiliated with the Islamic Movement.

The Islamic Movement's northern branch, led by Salah, has been a vocal critic of Israeli activity at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.
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