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The importance of Sheikh Raed Salah and the Palestinians in Israel

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The latest unjust sentence imposed on Sheikh Raed Salah does not intend to punish the man personally. It is actually part of a series of successive measures taken against the Sheikh and the Islamic Movement in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948, as well as against all of the Palestinians in those territories, because of the concerns that they raise amongst those behind the occupation.

The most recent judgement against the Sheikh came after multiple rulings against him so that he is barely released from prison before being imprisoned again. This judgement came years after Israel’s banning of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, and also after several discriminatory laws were passed, the most recent of which was the Nation-State law, including the legislation banning any commemoration of the Nakba, passed eight years ago, and other instruments of Israeli Apartheid.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation is cracking down on the Palestinian people of occupied Jerusalem, targeting them exactly as harshly as it does the Palestinians in the territories occupied in 1948. This is despite the different legal status of the two groups (as if the occupation recognises or follows any laws). The occupation focuses on cracking-down on construction, entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque, education, freedom of movement and countless other matters and actions.

Perhaps the high frequency of these measures is driven by two factors. The first is the increased influence of the racist right wing amongst voters in Israel, which leads to government measures to please voters and gain better results in the elections.........

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