Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Top Israeli Muslim Leader Detained, Banned from Jerusalem

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Top Israeli Muslim Leader Detained, Banned from Jerusalem

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Police detained a leader of Israel's Islamic Movement of the North, Sheikh Raed Salah, on Tuesday, the third consecutive day of intermittent violence in Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israeli police. Salah was arrested on charges of incitement of violence, but was released several hours later after being barred from entering Jerusalem for 30 days. Sheikh Salah's detention has provoked calls for the Islamic Movement to be banned and could therefore further stoke tensions in volatile Jerusalem.

According to Agence France-Presse, Salah was singled out for inciting clashes in recent days.

Sheikh Raed Salah was arrested during clashes between Palestinians and police in the neighborhood of Wadi Joz in Israeli- occupied east Jerusalem on the third day of sporadic violence in and around the Holy City.

"He was arrested over his inflammatory statements in recent days and on suspicion of incitement," police spokesman Shmulik Ben-Rubi told AFP....

Salah, who has been arrested several times and spent two years in Israeli prison, has repeatedly called in recent days for Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian territories to "defend" the Al-Aqsa mosque against Israel.

Initially, Israeli police asked that Salah be remanded for another five days, reports YNet News, an English-language Israeli news website. But police agreed late Tuesday night to have Salah confined to Umm al-Fahm, a city in Haifa district where Salah previously served as mayor for 30 days.

The police argued that Salah called for a "religious war" and presented the court with confidential documents. In his verdict, Judge Shimon Feinberg said there was good reason to suspect Salah as a dangerous body.

"His presence in Jerusalem could be inciting," the judge said, and ordered he be banned from the capital for a month, under personal and third party guarantee. …

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