Raid Salah

Arab and Islamic Movement in Israel

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Raed Salah Abu Shakra (Arabic: رائد صلاح‎, Hebrew: ראאד סלאח‎; born 1958) is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. He was born in Umm al-Fahm, Israel, and was elected as the mayor of that city three times: in 1989, 1993 and 1997. He has eight children and is a former poet.
He was convicted in Israel of funding Hamas, and of having contact with an Iranian intelligence agent; he served a two-year sentence from 2003 to 2005. In 2010, he served a five-month sentence after being convicted of assaulting a police officer and leading a violent demonstration.
In 2011, Salah entered the United Kingdom but it was then found that he had been banned a few hours previously. He was arrested but his ban was overturned by an immigration court.


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