Israel Arrests Muslim Cleric for Incitement

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JERUSALEM-- Israeli police on Tuesday arrested radical Muslim Sheik Raed Salah for incitement to violence after three days of Arab rioting and protests in Jerusalem.

Salah, an Israeli Arab and leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, has warned that clashes in Jerusalem will continue as long as Israel extends its "occupation" of the city and controls security at the Al Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Salah had called on Muslims to "shield the mosque with their bodies" after Israeli police barred all Muslim males under age 50 from entering the mosque as long as  violence plagues the capital.

Israel's Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said Israel must enact tough measures against the rioters and take control of the Temple Mount.   He warned that leniency will be interpreted by extremist Muslims as a sign of weakness, which would intensify the violence.

Israeli Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau also wants the government to send a message that it won't tolerate the Jerusalem violence.

"Israel must stop paying the salaries of imams and heads of mosques who engage in incitement against the state of Israel," Landau said.

He also said the cabinet should consider a halt to activities by the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem.

Sources:  YnetNews, The Jerusalem

*Original Broadcast Date: October 6, 2009. 

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