An Israeli court imposed restrictions on the movement of Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, barring him from entering public places in Jerusalem if he is accompanied by eight people or more.

The court rejected a request by the Israeli Police to bar Salah from entering Jerusalem.



Sheikh Salah was taken prisoner by the Israeli police on Wednesday after he waved Syrian and Palestinian flags during a protest in Jerusalem.


The court indicted Salah of what was described as “rioting over Jerusalem works” referring to the excavations Israel is conducting near the Al Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli news reported that the court session was short and that Sheikh Salah initially refused to sign the conditions set by the court.

The report stated that Lawyers representing the Sheikh said that they presented a film showing that Salah did not resist the police when they arrested him.

The lawyers added that the film shows Salah not rioting and proving that he did not kick the policemen who arrested him.

Attorney Zahi Nujidat, who is also the spokesperson of the northern branch of the Islamic movement, said that the film presented to the court showed “how the police started the whole thing, how they fired stun grenades”.

Nujidat added that the Israeli police want sheikh Salah away from Jerusalem and that he and the other attorneys representing Salah would continue the legal battle.