Israel Muslim Cleric HateIsrael arrests Islamic cleric for 'incitement'
September 17, 2006
A top Israeli Arab Muslim cleric told 50,000 followers in northern Israel Friday that Jewish rule over Jerusalem would soon come to an end, and the city would become the capital of a new Muslim caliphate.
Despite modern Muslim efforts to claim Jerusalem as a city important to their religion, history shows that Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Muslim entity.
While it is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, Jerusalem does not appear even once in the Koran.
Islamic Movement head: J'lem destined capital of caliphate
Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service
Israeli Arab Muslim cleric Sheik Ra'ad Salah declared that Jerusalem will soon become the
capital of an Islamic nation at a rally in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm,
Israel Radio reported on Friday.
The leader of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement Salah, told a crowd of 50,000 gatherers that Israel's occupation of the Temple Mount was nearing its end.
He then said comatose former-prime minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav, who is currently under investigation for alleged sex crimes, were "paying the price" for damaging Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque.
Salah also responded to Pope Benedict XVI's
remarks on Mohammed, saying he hoped they were an accidental slip of tongue.
On the issue of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Salah urged Hamas not to agree to a prisoner exchange with the Israeli government which will not include the release of jailed Israeli Arabs.
Salah and three other Islamic Movement officials were held by police in detention for 21 months under suspicion of contacting militant Palestinian groups
JERUSALEM, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Muslim cleric who called for an uprising is facing a police investigation for inciting violence, Israel's Justice Ministry said.
A ministry spokesman said assistant state attorney Shai Nitzan Thursday ordered police to investigate Sheikh Raed Salah following statements he allegedly made in Jerusalem and Nazareth. Salah heads the more militant faction of the Islamic Movement in Israel.
He raised a storm over a salvage excavation that Israel's Antiquities Authority started along a collapsed ramp to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site that is also known as the Muslims as the al-Aksa, Islam's third holiest site. The excavations are a step before building a bridge to the mount's southwestern gate.
Salah ceclared "it is now the duty of every Arab and Muslim to start a new intifada...to save Jerusalem and the Mosque of al-Aksa." He also said officers rank insignia "are made of martyrs' skulls" and that "the most beautiful time in our lives will be when we meet Allah (God) as martyrs in the Mosque of al-Aksa."
Israeli officials denied any intention to harm the al-Aksa or that the digs will reach the mount. To prove that, Israel posted cameras at the site and is relaying pictures, live over the internet at www.antiquities.org.il . Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will send over a team to view he works.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said accusations against Israel are false and "part of an attempt made by the most radical anti-Israeli Islamic group in Israel to stir the emotions and to provoke violence between us and Arabs."
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