Israel extends arrest of Islamic cleric
August 21 2017 06:36 PM
Arab-Israeli supporters of Sheikh Raed Salah (portrait), leader of the radical northern branch of th
Arab-Israeli supporters of Sheikh Raed Salah (portrait), leader of the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, gather in protest against the arrest and detention of the Sheikh, outside the Israeli Rishon Lezion Justice court, near Tel Aviv on August 17, 2017

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An Israeli court on Monday extended the remand of an 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 and his supporters call the accusations "political intimidation" intended to silent dissent.
His group, the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was outlawed in 2015 for incitement linked to the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.
Police say the allegations against Salah include a sermon he gave after a July 14 attack that killed two policemen near Haram al-Sharif, which includes the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the golden-topped Dome of the Rock.
Violence erupted in and around the site after three Arab Israelis shot dead the two 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.
Ensuing protests and clashes left seven Palestinians dead, while three Israelis were stabbed to death in a West Bank settlement by a Palestinian assailant.
The crisis abated when Israel removed the detectors.



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