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Written by Student Rights on 11 July 2011 at 3pm

FOSIS weigh in over Raed Salah arrest

The arrest of Raed Salah has been welcomed by many. On the other hand, some have condemned his detention, going so far as to label him the "Gandhi of Palestine".  sheikh-raed-salah Those who hold this stance appear to have lacked fastidiousness when selecting a cause to champion. In response to the apparently "negligent" act of arresting Raed Salah, FOSIS have voiced their "disappointment over the continued detention of Palestinian opposition leader Sheikh Raed Salah".

The press release stated that the recent events surrounding the arrest of Salah "highlights extreme negligence on the part of the British Government, as well as a willingness to cower to the demands of the pro-Israel lobby". Salah is said to have a "history of virulent anti-Semitism".

Salah has previously described Jews as "monkeys" "germs" and "butchers of pregnant women". In a clear display of his conspiracy theory ridden hatred of Jews, Salah has previously stated with regards to the 9/11 attacks, that a "suitable way was found to warn 4,000 who worked every day at the Twin Towers to be absent from their work on September 11th 2001", one wonders if Salah is a fan of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion'. Students Rights questions FOSIS' statement regarding the arrest of this individual.

FOSIS have once again shown that they are sympathetic towards Hamas sympathizers and in this case, even a fundraiser of theirs. FOSIS must realise that these decisions are not made on the basis of pressures being correctly directed by powerful lobby groups but the moral compass of British society. Maybe FOSIS should start making their decisions on who to support in this manner from now on.