Supreme Court postpones jailing of Sheikh Salah

Following petition request, Arab judge postpones 11-month sentence for inciting to violence and racism until new decision.

Ari Yashar ,

Sheikh Raed Salah at sentencing with MK Masud Ganaim
Sheikh Raed Salah at sentencing with MK Masud Ganaim
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Supreme Court Judge Salim Joubran on Wednesday ordered to postpone the jailing of the radical Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

Salah had been due to start his 11-month sentence for incitement to violence and racism on Sunday.

However, in response to Salah's request to petition the sentence, Joubran ordered that his sentence be postponed until a new decision is made. In parallel the state was requested to submit its position on the postponement within 15 days.

Judge Joubran gained infamy back in 2012 when he refused to sing "Hatikvah," the national anthem of the state of Israel which he serves as a Supreme Court Judge.

Salah was sentenced late last month, when his petition of a 2007 charge of incitement was rejected, and he was held accountable for his long history of inciting terrorism around the Temple Mount. The radical sheikh reacted to the sentence by saying "with spirit and with blood we will redeem Al-Aqsa (Mosque)," in an open call for terror.

In 2007, during a sermon, Salah declared that "the finest moments are when we meet God as martyrs for Al-Aqsa," and that "we will purify the blood of innocent people...and remove the soul of Israeli occupation soldiers who are occupying the Al-Aqsa Mosque." Following his speech, a Palestinian Arab mob rioted and threw rocks at security forces in the Old City, wounding three Border Police officers.

The Islamic Movement is actually banned in several Muslim states - in part, due to links to the Muslim Brotherhood - and has been repeatedly involved in incitement-laced activities, including violent "Nakba Day" protests, calls for an "intifada," and rioting on the Temple Mount. 



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