Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Israel Islamic Movement, was detained for questioning Sunday on suspicion of attacking police and interfering with an officer in the performance of his duty. The charges stem from Salah's alleged refusal to allow officers to search his wife at the Allenby Bridge crossing to Jordan. When a female officer took Salah's wife to be searched, police claim he pushed policemen and kicked the door of the room where the search was taking place.
Salah once served five months for attacking an officer. About two months ago, he was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a forest in southern Israel.