Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the streets of Al-Nasserah ( Nazareth) to the north of 1948 occupied Palestine to protest the arrest by the British government of Sheikh Raed Salah and to demand his immediate release.
The demonstration organized by the Islamic movement in 1948 under the slogan of “ All of us are Sheikh Raed Salah” to protest the continued detention of its leader in London, started after –noon ,after prayer at Assalam mosque in Al-Nasserah ,and was ended by a festival of supporting speeches.
Arab members of the Israeli Knesset, as well as the Higher Follow-up Committee, joined the Islamic movement to demonstrate against Britain’s continued detention of Sheikh Raed. They raised placards and banners which read, "we are all Raed Salah."
Jamal Zahalkha MK said the detention has been counter-productive as it has provided an opportunity for the British people and the world community to become more aware of the situation in Al-Quds(Jerusalem), the threats to Al Aqsa mosque and condition of Palestinians in “ Israel”.
In his speech to the demonstrators, Sheikh Kamal Khateeb, deputy head of the Islamic movement said he had no doubt that the detention order was given in “Israel” and the place of its execution was Britain.
He paid tribute to Sheikh Raed Salah for his steadfast struggle and promised that ultimately, he would return to Palestine triumphant and honoured among his people.
A British court turned down an application for bail on Friday to release Sheikh Salah, as his lawyers appealed to the supreme court for a reversal of his deportation order, which is to be decided on within a week.