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Israel arrests Islamic cleric for 'incitement'

Posted on 15 August 2017
The Sun Daily

JERUSALEM: Israeli police arrested a firebrand Islamic cleric on Tuesday who has been repeatedly accused of inciting violence over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site where tensions again flared last month.

Raed Salah, released from prison in January after serving a nine-month sentence, is accused of inciting violence and terrorism as well as support for and participation in an illegal organisation, police said.

His group, the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was outlawed in 2015 after it was accused of inciting violence linked to Jerusalem's Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

Police said in Tuesday's statement that Salah, an Arab Israeli, is accused of having publicly supported violent acts against the country on several occasions following the ban on his organisation.

It was not clear whether the accusations were linked to last month's deadly unrest surrounding the holy site, which includes the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock.

Violence erupted in and around the compound after three Arab Israelis shot dead two Israeli policemen on July 14.

Israel responded by installing metal detectors at the entrance to the complex, used as a staging point for the attack.

For nearly two weeks, worshippers refused to submit to the checks and staged mass prayers in surrounding streets.

Ensuing protests and clashes left seven Palestinians dead, while three Israelis were fatally stabbed by a Palestinian assailant.

The crisis abated when Israel removed the detectors.

Salah served a nine-month prison term after being convicted of fomenting violent protests over the holy site.

He was convicted of having incited violence in a 2007 speech. He was convicted in 2014 and his appeals were later denied.

Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said in a statement following Salah's Tuesday arrest that he hoped "this time justice will be done and he will be sent behind bars for a long time."

The compound, central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is the third-holiest in Islam and the most sacred for Jews.

It is located in east Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in 1967 and later annexed in a move never recognised by the international community.

Palestinians fear Israel will gradually seek to assert further control over it, though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly he is committed to the status quo. AFP

Top Israeli Muslim cleric: Jerusalem will be ours

Source: Ha'aretz
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

By 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


Israel police to investigate Muslim cleric

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 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 . 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."