Campaign in solidarity with Sheikh Raed Salah
Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) launched a campaign in solidarity with Sheikh Raed Salah under the title (End Raed Salah’s Isolation) after the Central Court in Beersheba decided to extend his solitary confinement in Ohli Kedar Prison for another six months.
The request for an extension of solitary confinement submitted by the Israeli Prison Authority came with direct order from the highest level in the occupation government, aimed at inflicting physical and psychological harm on Sheikh Raed Salah through degrading measures that may put his life in danger.
Sheikh Raed Salah is serving a 28-month prison sentence after he was sentenced last February by the Israeli Magistrate’s Court in Haifa in February 2020 for “inciting to terror” as they claim.
Since then, he has been held in solitary confinement, both in Jalameh Prison and Ohli Kedar Prison in the Negev, to which he was transferred on Monday, March 1, 2021.
The solitary confinement is a punishment in itself that should be used rarely and temporarily. Using it now against Sheikh Raed Salah is an unacceptable act of revenge and relying on the sheikh’s ability to influence the masses as a pretext to persuade the court to extend his solitary confinement is a new kind of repression.
For decades, the occupation authorities have been arresting and detaining Sheikh Raed Salah, restricting his freedom, harassing and weakening him, and now it seeks to impose more restrictions on him.
The Israeli practices and its ongoing violations against Sheikh Raed Salah, are violation of the basic rights guaranteed to prisoners in international laws, including detention in adequate conditions and allowing him to communicate regularly with his family.
Moreover, Sheikh Raed Salah did not commit any crime punishable by law, as he is a defender of Al-Aqsa Mosque and has exposed many projects aiming to demolish it and build the so-called Temple. For this reason Salah was subjected to severe physical and psychological abuse, as well as facing attempts by Israel to assassinate him several occasions.
The ideas of Sheikh Raed Salah revolve around defending the rights of the Palestinian people under occupation in general and Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, and he is a defender of humanitarian causes and to victims all over the world, despite his detention and sufferings in Israeli prisons.
Blog and tweet about Sheikh Raed Salah and call on the international community, all relevant institutions and international bodies to intervene immediately to stop the reprisals against Sheikh Raed Salah and ensure that he enjoys all his rights, and to stop terrorizing all Palestinian figures opposing to the Israeli occupation.
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