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How Israel's arrest of Islamic Movement leader could backfire

The Israeli right has made the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Raed Salah, the focus of its fight against terrorism, but the move misses crucial parts of fighting against incitement to violence.
Leader of the northern Islamic Movement Sheikh Raed Salah gestures after leaving the district court in Jerusalem October 27, 2015. The Arab Israeli Muslim leader, seen by Israel as a powerful voice stoking Palestinian anger over a Jerusalem holy site, was ordered jailed for 11 months on Tuesday for comments he made in 2007. Sheik Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement's northern section was convicted for incitement to violence in 2013, the Justice Ministry said, charges he denied. His attorney said he w
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Politicians on the right were quick to leverage the highly publicized arrest of the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, Raed Salah, at his home in Umm al-Fahm early in the morning of Aug. 15. They are busy using the event to score points with their electorate, a fairly common ritual by now.

Salah, a former mayor of Umm al-Fahm, was suspected of inciting terrorism on numerous occasions, including after the July 14 attack on the Temple Mount in which three young men from Umm al-Fahm killed two police officers. He praised the attackers at their funerals, calling them martyrs.

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