JERUSALEM, Israel - Two Israeli Arabs were arrested on Wednesday for their involvement in terror-related activities.
A joint investigation by the Shin Bet (General Security Agency) and Israel Police culminated in the arrest of Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim and Muhammed Zudani-Naarani.
Among the charges the two men are facing are conspiring to commit terror acts and forming a terror organization. A court-imposed gag order on the investigation prevented further details from being publicized.
Salim, imam of the Shihad al-Din mosque in Nazareth, is known for his fiery anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric.
"In the court of real men, we defeat America, but in the court of American and the Antichrist, they defeat us. This is the grace of Allah," Salim told his followers in a sermon posted at the end of June.
Last year, in protest of Pope XVI's visit to Nazareth, Salim posted a banner that read "he is not welcome here" because of the Pope's quote of a medieval text depicting Islam and the prophet Muhammad as violent in 2006.
The two will appear at the Nazareth Magistrate's Court on Wednesday afternoon where the prosecution will ask the court to extend their remand.