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Muslim cleric arrested in Jerusalem
Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah arrested for inciting violence, waving Syrian flag during protest in east Jerusalem
Sheikh Raed Salah was arrested during a protest in east Jerusalem Wednesday for waving Syrian and Palestinian Liberation Organization flags and inciting violence.

 

Border Guard officers and police forces also arrested another protester, and both he and Salah were taken to the east Jerusalem police station for questioning.

 

“This arrest and the police’s violent behavior won’t dissuade us from continuing our righteous and legitimate struggle. It’s time they stopped abusing the al-Aqsa mosque,” said Attorney Zahi Nujidat, a spokesman for the Islamic Movement.

 

Salah, who heads the northern faction of the Islamic Movement in Israel, has recently made headlines for his inciting speeches.

 

'Start a full-out intifada'

The Sheikh is currently being investigated, as per an order by Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, under suspicion of inciting violence, racism, and rebellion.

 

The investigation began following Salah’s remarks during a protest held in Nazareth in February, as well as remarks made a week prior at the Temple Mount, regarding the Mugrabi Gate issue in Jerusalem.

 

“It is now the duty of every Arab and Muslim to start a full-out intifada in order to save Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa mosque,” Salah said.

 

“The ranks on officers’ shoulders are made of the skulls of shahid’s, and that is the measure of progress in the Israeli establishment. Whoever kills more, goes up in rank … don’t bet on the fate of the Jewish people, and don’t sacrifice your future generations … the most beautiful moment in our lives will be when we meet Allah as shahid’s in the al-Aqsa mosque,” Salah said.

 

Those were the remarks that pushed Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan to start the investigation of the Islamic leader. Nitzan said that the investigation was initiated with the agreement of the attorney general and the state prosecutor.

 

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