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Friday, 15 July 2011

Shayk Raed Salah realease on bail

Shaykh Raed Salah’s application for bail was accepted today by a High Court judge. Despite being denied bail last week, Shaykh Raed’s appeal was successful and he is no longer being incarcerated in a British prison. 

Ismail Patel, Chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa was at the hearing and stated: “It is a tremendous relief that Shaykh Raed’s bail application was successful. We thank the judge for taking this position – based on the evidence, he could reach no other conclusion. We need to also remind ourselves that this situation was wholly avoidable and the Home Secretary’s actions with regards to Shaykh Raed Salah were not backed up with any firm evidence.”
Friends of Al-Aqsa would like to thank everyone who has shown Shaykh Raed such tremendous support during this ordeal.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Friends of Al-Aqsa Statement on Shaykh Raed Salah

Yesterday, 8 July 2011, there was a hearing in London at 2pm. Shaykh Raed Salah was denied bail by the courts and is to remain in a high security prison with dangerous criminals until his appeal against deportation is heard. 

The judge stated that the prosecution’s submissions that Shaykh Raed would abscond if granted bail were not convincing, and neither did they find the evidence against him persuasive. They did not allow the bail on the grounds that the Home Secretary must have compelling evidence for taking the steps that she did, and the court was not prepared to contravene this. 

Ismail Patel, chair of Friends of Al-Aqsa was present at the hearing, and said: “We are greatly disappointed by the decision reached by the court today. Shaykh Raed poses no threat to the British public and is being made a scapegoat by the Home Office to cover its blunders over this whole incident. The Home Secretary was unduly swayed by the opinions of those with an anti-Palestine agenda when she excluded Shaykh Raed from Britain. Although it has long since become apparent that Shaykh Raed is not a threat in either Britain or his home country of Israel, the Home Office will not admit its failing and as a result, he is being made to suffer the loss of his freedom and liberty. 

An even graver concern stems from the fact the government and security services have failed to follow protocol in their treatment of Shaykh Salah by denying him access to his lawyers for four days while in prison. This breach of his basic legal rights reflects how the British government is acting outside of the law in their detention and treatment of Shaykh Raed Salah and it is absolutely unacceptable.” 

The actions of the British government are only serving to stifle the legitimate voices of the Palestinian people struggling for freedom from occupation.

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Brent Council Ban on Palestine Day 2011 Unnecessary

Brent Palestine Solidarity Campaign along with many other human rights and community groups is concerned that Sheikh Raed Salah has been detained without any solid evidence. Sheikh Raed Salah is the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, the largest movement for Palestinians in Israel. This is a legitimate organisation which Israel has never moved to ban. Raed Saleh regularly speaks at venues across Israel where he has considerable support amongst the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up a fifth of the population.

Sheikh Raed has been elected as mayor of his hometown Um al-Fahm three times. He has never been convicted of anti-Semitism in Israel. None of the organisations that invited him to speak at meetings publicised well in advance had been approached by the Home Office to express their concerns.

His proposed appearance at Brent Town Hall on Saturday July 2nd was sponsored by Human Appeal International, a 20 year old charity, as one of their Palestine Day 2011  events which included lectures, music, a bazaar,  and a presentation to the family of  human rights activist Vittorio Arrigoni. We believe the cancellation of the entire event by Brent Council was unnecessary and undermines free speech and diversity.

Letter signed by many organisations HERE
Human Appeal International LINK

Martin Francis
Chair, Brent PSC

Liz Lindsay

Secretary, Brent PSC