Israeli prosecutors seek Raed Salah jail time

Raed Salah is a vocal critic of Israeli violations against Palestinian holy sites, particularly Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli prosecutors seek Raed Salah jail time

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli prosecution authorities on Wednesday filed an appeal against a suspended jail term recently handed down against a leader of the Islamic Movement inside Israel, calling for him to serve actual jail time.

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement inside Israel (northern branch), was slapped with a suspended six-month jail term by an Israeli court on May 19 and a fine of $2600 for "obstructing the work" of Israeli police in 2011.

Suspended jail terms are usually dismissed by the presiding judge. Convicts can actually be put in jail if similar charges are leveled against them during the period of the suspended jail term.

On Wednesday, Israel Radio said prosecutors had filed an appeal against the sentence, calling for Salah to spend between two and eight months behind bars.

Salah's case dates back to April 16, 2011, when he was traveling to the occupied West Bank from Jordan after performing the Umra (minor Islamic pilgrimage) in Saudi Arabia.

Israeli police at the Karameh Border Crossing wanted to strip-search Salah's wife, but the Islamist leader objected, calling the measure "humiliating," according to the Islamic Movement's website.

Salah was detained as a result and accused of "obstructing the work of police," the website said.

Salah is a vocal critic of Israeli violations against Palestinian holy sites, particularly Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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