Sheikh calls for third Intifada

Sunday, February 18, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Islamic Movement Leader Sheikh Raed Salah faces indictment charges after calling for the third Intifada (uprising) in his Friday sermon, after a weekend of fiery sermons, rioting and stone throwing in Arab East Jerusalem.

Public Safety Minister Avi Dichter asked Attorney General Menahem Mazuz to investigate whether Salah's comments constitute incitement and sedition. Salah accused Israel of attempting to build the third temple.

“Israeli history is drenched in blood,” said Salah. “They want to build their temple while our blood is on their clothing, on their doorposts, in their food and in their water.”

Salah's fiery comments follow violent protests by Muslims over construction of a ramp and excavations next to the Western Wall and leading to the Temple Mount.

Police arrested 10 Arab youths in East Jerusalem, including four suspected of attacking police officers in an attempt to reach the Temple Mount. Security officials restricted Friday prayers to males to at least ages 50 or older.

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