Exclusive: Leaked emails show Israel role in UK plot to ban Raed Salah By Asa Winstanley

27 October 2011 — The Electronic Intifada

salah.jpgSheikh Raed Salah was arrested in his hotel room three days after legally entering the UK in June. (Ashraf Amra/APA images)

A UK immigration court ruled yesterday that popular Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah could be deported from the country, after being banned by Home Secretary Theresa May in June.

The Electronic Intifada can now also exclusively reveal new details of an Israeli government role in the UK plot to exclude Salah.

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Ibrahim Hewitt: Israel’s fifth columnists silence Sheikh Raed Salah

7 July 2011 — Middle East Monitor

Thousands of words have been written about the scandalous arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah by the British government in what is being seen as an attempt to silence him at the insistence of the pro-Israel Lobby. Supporters of the Sheikh from all sides of the political and religious divide in Palestine and beyond have stepped forward to condemn Britain’s action; Home Secretary Theresa May should hang her head in shame that she has been prepared to sacrifice goodwill for Britain across the Middle East to please the right-wing media and lobbyists for Israel.

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Sheikh’s arrest is an attempt to sabotage the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause Ahmad Chaker Jomaa

4 July 2011 — Middle East Monitor

The circumstances surrounding Sheikh Raed Salah’s arrest by the British government are irregular to say the least. He was taken from his hotel bedroom on the night of Jun 28 and is currently being held in prison pending deportation. Sheikh Raed and his legal team were unaware of any ‘travel ban’ against him, as has been claimed by the Home Secretary.

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Former IDF Gen Rothschild gets red carpet treatment while Sheikh Raed Salah gets prison cell By Dr Hanan Chehata

5 July 2011 — Middle East Monitor

With what is appalling timing, given the arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah a week ago on the order of the Home Secretary Theresa May, a certain Maj-Gen (ret) Danny Rothschild spoke in London on Jul 4 at the Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall; he followed this on Jul 5 with a speech in parliament organised by the Henry Jackson Society, the fanatically pro-Israel think tank.

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PRESS RELEASE: Mr. Raed Salah’s Appeal Lodged

2 July 2011 — Gilad Atzmon

free-salah.jpgIntroduction by Gilad Atzmon:
It seems as if Islamophobia has become an official government policy in the UK. Sheikh Raed Salah, the admired Palestinian leader of the largest civil society body in Israel has been arrested in the UK two days ago. This shouldn’t take us by a big surprise considering the relentless activity of Jewish lobbies in the UK. At the end of the day, the Israelis and their supporters realised long time ago that it is much cheaper to buy a Western politician than buying a tank.

“The double standards operating here are chilling,” wrote Dr Hanan Chehata in the New Statesman today. “While the government is doing its utmost to change the British laws on Universal Jurisdiction to make it easier for suspected Israeli war criminals to visit the UK without the fear of arrest warrants being issued against them, at the same time they are happy to arrest Palestinian leaders who have committed no crime but are here to expose Israeli war crimes and discuss peaceful methods of resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

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Britain accused of collaborating with Israel over Salah arrest

29 June 2011 — The Guardian

Arab Israelis and Palestinians say arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah in London is ‘strange’ and ‘illegitimate’, and call for his release

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Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

Arab Israelis and Palestinians have accused the British government of collaborating with Israel in detaining Sheikh Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

Ibrahim Sarsur, a United Arab List member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, described the arrest of Salah as ‘strange’. He said: ‘Sheikh Salah is one of the leading figures in the Arab Israeli community. He travelled to the UK legitimately, and he had no knowledge of any ban on his entering the UK, so we are surprised and disappointed by this illegitimate procedure.’

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 29 June, 2011: Israel passes draft law requiring Palestinians to pay for their own home demolitions

29 June, 2011 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Remove Structures In Illegal Settlement
IMEMC – Wednesday June 29, 2011 – 14:38, Five structures and two tents were raised in the illegal settlement outpost of Ramat Migro in the Northern West Bank on Wednesday morning. Two teenage girls were arrested for allegedly throwing a paint bottle at police during clashes between the Israeli military and the settlers.

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Arresting Sheikh Raed Salah: An Israeli trap for Britain By Haneen Zoabi

29 June 2011 — Guardian Comment

In arresting Sheikh Raed Salah, the UK authorities support the persecution of Arab citizens of Israel

The decision to ban the Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah from entering Britain, and then to arrest him, was transparently not based on any serious examination of his political activities. It was an ugly kneejerk response to the growing hostility of the Israeli establishment and its supporters abroad towards anyone opposing its racist policies – and a rising tide of Islamophobia in Europe.

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