Israeli Arab sheikh sentenced to 8 months in jail after calling on Muslims to riotBy Mason White 7:08 PM March 4, 2014
By: Anika Rao
An Israeli Arab sheikh was arrested, charged and convicted of inciting violence after calling on Muslims to riot, prosecutors in Israel said.
Now, the sheikh was sentenced to 8 months in jail.
Raed Salah, the leader of a radical Islamic wing, was convicted after encouraging all Muslims and Arabs to initiate an intifada. In addition to the sentence of eight months in jail, Salah will serve an additional eight months if he commits another crime within three years.
In 2011, he was arrested at the Allenby border crossing between Israel and Jordan, after hitting a member of the security forces who wanted to question his wife. Last year, he spent five months behind bars for spitting at an Israeli police officer.
Last week, three Arab stone throwers were arrested after allegedly wounding several police officers, Israel Police said.
Jerusalem Police said that three demonstrators threw stones at police during Friday clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.
The fresh clashes broke out just three days after police clashed with stone-throwing Arabs outside the al-Aqsa mosque. The suspects will be brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court for bail hearings, while charges are still pending.