Islamic Cleric Sentenced to 8 Months for Incitement

YERUSHALAYIM -

Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, was sentenced to eight months in prison on Tuesday for a 2007 speech in which he incited to violence.

Salah was convicted in November 2013 for a vicious, anti-Semitic sermon complete with a blood libel and a call for a third intifada in order to “save al-Aksa Mosque … and end the occupation.”

Salah, who also received eight months probation, told reporters after the court hearing, “I got off cheap.”

A confrontation ensued between Salah and attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who had been involved in proceedings at the same court.

“Terrorists, in any normal country they would send you all for life sentences, enough of this legal helplessness and the State Attorney’s policy that gives you an easy time,” an angry Ben-Gvir told Salah and his entourage, Arutz Sheva reported.

There was a scuffle between Salah’s supporters and the Israeli attorney, as they shouted back at him, “It’s our country, get out of here, the day will come when all the Jews will not be here.”

Police then arrived and dispersed the crowd.