A police officer was lightly injured and three members of the northern branch of
the fundamentalist Islamic Movement were arrested at the Temple Mount Wednesday,
after several rock-throwing Palestinians attacked visiting groups, police
According to Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, two of the three men
arrested are senior officials of the extremist organization. All three were
charged with incitement to cause violence at the shared holy site. Police were
forced to use pepper spray to defend themselves and calm the situation,
Two weeks earlier, following an inflammatory speech
calling for violence against Jews at the Temple Mount during Rosh Hashana, the
Islamic Movement’s leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, was arrested while en route to the
riot he organized.
Salah’s sermon accused Israel of being behind the
crisis in Egypt and throughout the Arab world, and claimed Jerusalem police
planned to set the Temple Mount alight during Rosh Hashana.
held by police for approximately 24-hours after refusing the terms of a court
order that mandated he stay at least 30 kilometers away from the capital for six
months and pay NIS 50,000 in bond.
Despite accepting the court’s terms
and being released outside the capital, Salah again incited violence against
Jews, ordering his followers to riot on the Temple Mount, resulting in violence
on two separate occasions before and during Rosh Hashana.
resulted in 22 arrests and the injuries of two police officers.
Islamic Movement, also known as the Islamic Movement in 48 Palestine, is a
pro-Palestinian and anti- Zionist organization based in northern and southern
Israel. Its origins can be traced back to the latter years of the British