Police brace for Temple Mount Riots

Thursday, February 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Police are bracing for Temple Mount chaos on Friday, following Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court decision to extend Islamic Movement Leader Sheikh Raed Salah’s restraining order from entering the Old City to 60 days.

The northern branch of the Islamic Movement is planning a large demonstration in East Jerusalem. Salah plans on delivering his Friday sermon in his protest tent in Wadi Joz just outside the Old City.

Salah was arrested last week on suspicion of attacking police officers after he was refused entry to the Temple Mount due to tensions surrounding the Mugrabi Gate and ramp constructions

At Wednesday’s hearing, Israel’s Channel 2 showed Salah spitting at police officers. Salah is heard calling the police officers "murderers," "occupiers" and "cowards."

“An Israeli court has no authority to rule on issues connected to Al-Aqsa Mosque” said Salah. “Thus any decision made by this court over keeping me away from Al-Aqsa is null and void.”

Salah is required to keep a distance of 150 meters (nearly 500 feet) from the Old City.

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