(JNS.org) Israeli prosecutors Thursday indicted a controversial Islamic cleric for incitement to terror over his praising of Arab terrorists.
Sheikh Raed Salah, a leader in the outlawed Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, had been arrested last week for statements made during a speech in Umm al-Fahm at the funerals of the three Arab terrorists who killed two Israeli police officers July 14 near the Temple Mount.
In that speech, Salah purportedly lauded the terrorists as “martyrs” and encouraged young Muslims to follow their example. Salah denied the allegations.
As part of the indictment Thursday, Salah was charged with two counts of incitement to terror and for membership in an illegal organization.
Salah’s indictment comes seven months after he was released from jail after serving a nine-month sentence on similar charges. He was also sentenced to eight months in prison after the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court found him guilty of inciting violence in March 2014.