It’s not often that when a defendant is sentenced to do time behind bars he exclaims jubilantly. But that’s precisely what happened last week when Islamic Movement Northern Branch leader Sheikh Raed Salah – an Israeli-Arab, former mayor of Umm el-Fahm and a convicted Hamas collaborator – was handed down an eight-month term for inciting to violence in 2007.
Salah had then orchestrated riots against archeological rescue-digs and a new pedestrian bridge near the Temple Mount. He accused Jews of “eating bread dipped in children’s blood.” He praised and eulogized terrorist murderers. He threatened anyone who claims any Jewish connection to the Western Wall, “even to just one stone.” Thereafter, Salah has been regularly holding “Save al-Aksa” rallies dedicated to the incendiary calumny that Israel is out to demolish the Muslim compound atop Temple Mount.
His ultra-light sentence inspired him to shout insolently in open court: “Blessed is God – I got off cheap!”
He certainly did and therefore his rejoicing. It wasn’t a sarcastic pose. Salah had cause for celebration. Considering his history, he rightly expected far worse.
Not only was Israeli justice incomprehensibly slow, but yet again, it plainly allowed Salah to escape serious penalty despite a long and brazenly escalating record of outright sedition. He had once more defeated the system and exposed Israel’s lack of deterrence – indeed its utter reluctance to confront him. Hence he can carry on his overt subversion and rabble-rousing with impunity.
Back in 2003 Salah was convicted and briefly jailed on charges of raising millions for Hamas. That year he also published the following poem in the Islamic Movement’s periodical: “You Jews are criminal bombers of mosques/ Slaughterers of pregnant women and babies/ Robbers and germs in all times/ The Creator sentenced you to be loser monkeys/ Victory belongs to Muslims, from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
In 2009 Salah urged cheering Arab students at Haifa University, which allowed him to speechify on campus, to die as shahids (martyrs) in the war against Israel. He charged that Netanyahu “aims to implement plots hatched during his previous term and complete the takeover” of Temple Mount.
In 2010 Salah was one of the leading participants in the Gaza flotilla, sailing on the Mavi Marmara.
On 2011 British home secretary Theresa May banned Salah’s entry due to recurrent hate-promotion via sermons, lectures and in his so-called poetic output. His presence in Britain is “not conducive to the public good,” it was decreed. Salah was subsequently detained in London, after it emerged that he had entered the UK in defiance of the exclusion order.
He, nonetheless, won on appeal because the Upper Immigration Tribunal concluded that Salah is evidently not considered a menace in Israel, whose citizen he is and where he is free to essentially do as he pleases.
This episode is vitally important. What we do here clearly has repercussions abroad. If we brush hate-mongering under the carpet, we can’t expect foreigners to behave more bravely than we do. The bottom line is that while Britain’s Home Secretary thought Salah was dangerous, Israel prefers permissive lassitude parading as enlightened tolerance. That ought to serve up lots of food for thought among Israelis.
The latest sentence imposed on Salah is a joke and he straightforwardly told us so in our faces.
Salah has again managed make mockery of our legal system and law enforcement. Unfortunately, this isn’t just between him and the judiciary. It impacts us all.
Much of this was facilitated by the fact that for years Israel has tolerated Salah’s inflammatory speech and prodigious provocations, almost on the premise that if these were pooh-poohed, they’d just go away. Instead, however, Salah only gained stature and rose to prominence and popularity the likes of which should justifiably alarm us, considering his nonstop incitement.
The longer Israel allows Salah to spread sedition with impunity, the greater his spiritual-mentor authority will grow and the more young Israeli-Arabs will be swayed by his exhortations to join the procession ofshahids to paradise. Making light of Salah’s subversion won’t make it disappear. It doesn’t work that way.
Reblogged this on Brittius.com.
The crazies in your judicial system must be related to the crazies in the rest of the western world. Bet they looked into his childhood and found he had been abused as a child. No doubt his psychologist put forward a case showing that he suffered from some fantasy illness which had damaged his confidence, gender realisation, sexuality, inferiority complex, superiority complex, sanity etc etc triggered off by his prison guards not giving him a cookie on Friday, and thus which manifested itself in hatred of Jews in general.
When will these dam judges and law makers ever get real, and stop thinking cerebrally in a western mindset. The Arabian mind laughs and despises weakness, and only truly understands and respects strength in others. One must fight fire with fire. The present sentence seems “Obamarish” in philosophy and execution = weak and meaningless and does not send the right message to our enemies.
I can never understand how western minds seem to find it impossible to face reality. To allow agitators like salah to have any sort of voice at to remain free is the height of folly.
Das ist zum Kotzen!
” Israel prefers permissive lassitude parading as enlightened tolerance” Absolutely brilliant. Israeli courts think suicide equates tolerance and democratic freedoms so they “fight” pigs by throwing daisies at them. You can’t fight terrorism by wearing soft silk gloves. Not if you actually want to win that is. Much less so when you are at a de-facto state of war struggling to survive, like Israel is.
We can only hope that Netanyahu DOES has plans to take over the Temple Mount….
Maybe the conviction was meant to please Kerry and his boss…?
muslims do not respect political correctness or weakness. Their religion is jihad. When
will Israel and western civilization realize how they think and take really strong action –
irregardless of what the world thinks.
Totally free with you. the only way is to show strength and to be less conciliatory. Well said Selma!