Detention of Islamic Movement Leader in Israel Extended on Suspicion of Incitement

An Israeli court orders that Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib be held another four days on suspicion of incitement and belonging to a terror organization

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Sheikh Khatib in court on Thursday.
Sheikh Khatib in court on Thursday.Credit: דיאא חאג יחיא

An Israeli court extended the detention of Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib, the deputy head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, on suspicion of incitement and belonging to a terror organization.

He was arrested in the northern Arab town of Kafr Kana last week when violence erupted in Israel's mixed cities.

About 200 people outside the entrance of the Haifa Magistrate’s Court protested his arrest, asserting he is being persecuted politically. Khatib’s driver was arrested during the protest. Public figures, including the mayor of Umm al-Fahm, Samir Mahameed, joined the demonstration.

Demonstrators protesting for the release of Sheikh Kamal al-Khatib outside the Haifa Magistrate's Court on Thursday.Credit: ללא קרדיט

Khatib’s arrest followed statements he made in the wake of riots at al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem Day. His attorneys deny the charges against him. Members of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee also publicly opposed Khatib’s arrest, calling it an attempt to scare the Arab public. Clashes erupted after his arrest, resulting in the injuries of 28 people, four of them seriously. The Italian Hospital, which admitted 18 people injured during the clashes, stated that most of the patients had suffered gunshot wounds.

Khatib’s attorney, Hassan Tabaja, said after the hearing: “The state asked for eight days but only got four days. If there won’t be a dramatic development, we expect the investigative unit to weigh his release.” He added, “The decision speaks for itself ... and every one of us can understand that the suspicions being raised about Khatib do not necessitate remand.”

The Shin Bet security services commented on the day that Khatib was arrested that he had “used his public status to incite rioters on the Temple Mount and across Israel.” The Shin Bet asserted, “His statements on social networks are popular and encourage demonstrations and disturbances of the peace.” The security sevice added that Al-Khatib has been warned in the past, and was arrested “due to the risk his activity poses to public safety and order.”

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

SUBSCRIBE
Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage

Flame and smoke rise during an Israeli air strike, amid Israel-Gaza fighting, in Gaza City August 6, 2022.

Israel Should End Gaza Operation Now, if It Can