Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the outlawed Islamic Movement in Israel, last Friday gave a sermon in the Al-Gazazwa Garden of Yafo, located just south of Tel Aviv, in which he incited the Arab populace against the authorities.
In his speech, the radical activist condemned the Tel Aviv municipality for sending out bulldozers to enforce the law in Tel Giborim, where the Arab leadership says the Tasu cemetery is being harmed in an offense to Muslim sentiments.
"The Palestinian public 'inside' (i.e. Arab citizens of Israel - ed.) is under Israeli terror and it is a victim of racism," claimed Salah in his fiery speech. "The blood spilled in the land is a result of the incitement against the Arab public."
Salah declared that he supports all steps taken by the elected Islamic council in Yafo in order to "defend" the holy sites to Islam in the coastal city, which is a "natural response" to the municipality's actions. He also called on the public to recognize the legitimacy of the Islamic council.
The Islamic council in Yafo is planning to establish a group of security guards starting in February, who are to be tasked with "guarding" the Muslim cemeteries - including Tel Giborim - in Yafo from the municipality's actions to develop the city.
Salah just last Thursday had a travel ban placed on him against leaving the country due to the security threat he poses.
A poll published right after the decision to outlaw his radical movement last September found that 57% of the Arab citizens in Israel said the Islamic Movement faithfully represents them. Ironically, the Islamic Movement is actually banned in several Muslim states - in part, due to its links to the Muslim Brotherhood.