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Top Israeli Muslim leader detained, banned from Jerusalem

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Police detained a leader of Israel's Islamic Movement of the North, Sheikh Raed Salah, on Tuesday, the third consecutive day of intermittent violence in Jerusalem between Palestinians and Israeli police. Salah was arrested on charges of incitement of violence, but was released several hours later after being barred from entering Jerusalem for 30 days. Sheikh Salah's detention has provoked calls for the Islamic Movement to be banned and could therefore further stoke tensions in volatile Jerusalem.

According to Agence France-Presse, Salah was singled out for inciting clashes in recent days.

Sheikh Raed Salah was arrested during clashes between Palestinians and police in the neighborhood of Wadi Joz in Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem on the third day of sporadic violence in and around the Holy City.
"He was arrested over his inflammatory statements in recent days and on suspicion of incitement," police spokesman Shmulik Ben-Rubi told AFP….
Salah, who has been arrested several times and spent two years in Israeli prison, has repeatedly called in recent days for Muslims in Israel and the Palestinian territories to "defend" the Al-Aqsa mosque against Israel.
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