Islamic Movement leader moved to house arrest in Israel after months in solitary


Raed Salah is banned from using telephones and the internet, cannot speak to the press, and must wear an electronic tag

Sheikh Raed Salah at a Jerusalem court on 4 March 2014 (AFP)
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Friday 6 July 2018 16:23 UTC

The Israeli magistrates court in Haifa on Friday approved the conditional release of Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement and prominent Palestinian political figure, placing him under house arrest.

The court refused the Israeli public prosecutor's appeal, which if passed would have delayed Salah's release.

Khaled Zbarqa, Salah's lawyer, told Middle East Eye that Salah had spent 11 months in solitary confinement in an Israeli jail since he was arrested on 25 August 2017.

He was accused of 12 charges, including "inciting terror".

Salah is now under house arrest in Kafr Kanna, a village in Galilee to the north of the city of Nazareth. Hundreds of Kafr Kanna residents welcomed Salah with banners bearing the message "Welcome in our houses".

Kafr Kanna residents welcoming Raed Salah with a banner saying: 'Welcome in our houses, you're in our hearts' (Supplied)

Salah is from the town of Umm al-Fahm, southeast of Haifa.

Zbarqa told MEE that the court imposed a number of conditions for Salah’s release, including a ban on entering his hometown of Umm Al-Fahm, and placed restrictions on his movement.

"He is banned from accessing tools of communication, including telephones, the internet and social media sites, speaking to the press and he must wear an electronic tag. Only his first- and second-degree relatives can visit him."

Zbarqa added that Salah's trial was political and there was no basis for the court charges.

Israel banned the Islamic Movement, one of the biggest political movements among Palestinian citizens of Israel, in 2015.

Salah's next court hearing will be at the end of July.