Radical Islamist cleric's remand extended

Prosecutors to charge Raed Salah for incitement after he expressed support for terrorist murder of Druze police.

AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Sheikh Raed Salah
Sheikh Raed Salah
Flash 90

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday extended the remand of a firebrand Islamic cleric accused of inciting violence in connection with last month's deadly tensions over a Jerusalem holy site, his
lawyer said.

Raed Salah, arrested on August 15, had his remand extended until Thursday, Khaled Zabarka told AFP.

The 58-year-old Arab Israeli is accused of inciting violence and terrorism as well as support for an illegal organisation.

Prosecutors told the court on Monday that they intend to file charges against Salah, Zabarka said.

Salah's organization, the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was outlawed in 2015 for the incitement of attacks on Jews at the Temple Mount.

Police say the allegations against Salah include a sermon he gave after a July 14 attack that killed two policemen near the Temple Mount.

Violence erupted in and around the site after three Arab Israelis shot dead the two Druze policemen before being killed by security forces.

Israel responded to the July 14 deadly shootings by installing metal detectors at the entrance to the holy site, 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.

Salah's latest arrest follows his release from prison in January after serving a nine-month sentence on similar allegations.



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