Blood libel cleric Salah arrested for incitement

Cleric described as a 'danger to the public'


The controversial blood libel cleric Raed Salah was again arrested in Israel this week for incitement to violence, seven months after being released from prison after serving nine months for the same offence.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that Salah posed a danger to the public and that he "expressed himself in a way that encouraged extremism and murder". Mr Erdan added: “I hope that this time he will be brought to justice and will be sent to jail for a long time.”

Housing Minister Yoav Galant claimed in an interview with Israel Radio that Salah was in some way involved in the terror attack on the Temple Mount in July, perpetrated by three men from Umm al-Fahm, the northern city in which Salah was arrested.

“It is no coincidence that they [the attackers] came from Umm al-Fahm, where Sheikh Raed Salah operates,” Mr Galant said. “We must work to ensure that he is behind bars.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly come under scrutiny for his association with Salah and gave evidence to a parliamentary committee last year about a meeting with the cleric.

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