Muslim leader makes move on Jerusalem

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Sheikh Raad Salah, leader of the northern Israel branch of the Islamic Movement, has launched an effort to ensure Muslim control over Jerusalem's Temple Mount, and eventually the entire city.

Salah, reported Israel National News, is urging Israeli Arab Muslims from around the country to come to Jerusalem on a rotating schedule so that mass Muslim prayers can be held at the Temple Mount on a daily basis.

Additionally, Salah wants all mosques in the Jerusalem area to be closed on Fridays so that local Muslims are forced to congregate at the Temple Mount to recite traditional Islamic prayers and hear what are typically venomous anti-Israel sermons.

The popular and fiery cleric said he was certain such moves would eventually lead to Allah handing Jerusalem to the Muslims. And when that happens, promised Salah, "no sign of a Jewish presence will remain."

Salah has been arrested by Israeli authorities numerous times for supporting Palestinian terror groups and inciting violence against his Jewish countrymen.

His Islamic Movement is an offshoot of the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood.

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