World Bulletin / News Desk
An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement inside Israel, to 8 months in prison on charges of "inciting violence" in a 2007 sermon.
“The date of executing the judgment is not yet determined,” Salah's lawyer Mohamed Suleiman Aghbarieh told Anadolu Agency.
"Salah's lawyers would appeal against this decision,” he added.
Salah was also slapped with an additional eight months' suspended sentence, which means he faces a similar sentence if he repeated the offense.
The charges relate to a sermon Salah gave in 2007 in which he vowed to give his life in defense of the Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site.
The sermon was delivered in Jerusalem's Wadi Joz neighborhood after Israeli police had prevented Salah from entering Jerusalem's Old City.
Israelis claim the sermon incited "violence and racism" against the Jewish people.
The Jerusalem Magistrates' Court convicted Salah in November last year, of "incitement to violence."
Zahi Nujidat, official spokesperson for the Islamic movement, told AA that the group would not "stand idly by these practices against Sheikh Saleh.”
"We will use all legal means in order to bring down this decision,” he said.Last Mod: 04 Mart 2014, 17:15