Israel police arrests Islamic Movement leader over incitement charges

The Israel police arrested on Tuesday one of the leaders of Israel’s Islamic movement on suspicion that he had incited to violence and incited riots in light of remarks he had made recently.

The arrest came against the backdrop of heightened tension in Jerusalem’s Old City and particularly at the holy site of Temple Mount, where Palestinians clashed with Israeli police officers over the course of several days.

On Monday, the Islamic Movement’s northern chapter leader Ra’ad Salah told Haaretz that the clashes would last as long as Israel’s “occupation” of the city and Al-Aqsa Mosque continued. He said the Israeli government must understand that using force does not grant it rights to Al-Aqsa Mosque or anywhere else in East Jerusalem, and that the key to achieving calm in the area is an Israeli “withdrawal.”

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