Jerusalem Muslims honor extremists at Temple Mount

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The Muslim authorities in control of Jerusalem's Temple Mount put up massive posters of two radical Islamic leaders at the site on Monday, prompting demands from Israeli Jews that the government order the offensive display removed.

The posters depict Hamas leader Mohammed Abu Tir, the red-bearded Hamas lawmaker who has been banned from Jerusalem for inciting violence against Jews, and Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement in northern Israel.

Salah is a regular visitor to the Temple Mount, where he likes to call for the destruction of Israel and pontificate about a Jewish conspiracy to destroy the mosques currently occupying the holy hilltop. He is currently serving a five-month prison sentence for assaulting an Israeli police officer during his most recent Temple Mount tirade.

Right-wing Israeli activists said the Muslims are exploiting the fact that it is now Ramadan to honor Abu Tir and Salah, confident that the Israeli authorities will not move against the inciting and offensive display during a Muslim holy time.

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