Burned Tuba Zanghariya mosque 311.
(photo credit: Ben Hartman)
Police last week arrested a cleric who heads a mosque in the Galilee village of
Tuba Zanghariya on suspicion of incitement to violence, a spokesman said on
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The mosque was targeted last month by vandals who set fire to the
building and left behind far-right hate graffiti. The incident touched off a
night of major rioting in the Beduin village, which was eventually quelled by
police and local leaders who called for calm.
Fuad Zanghariya was
arrested on Thursday on suspicion of calling on followers to attack those behind
the arson during Friday sermons.
“I can confirm that he is being
questioned over suspicions of incitement, and that the investigation is
continuing,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told The Jerusalem
The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court released Zanghariya on Sunday to
house arrest for a period of 15 days.
Zanghariya is also suspected of
being involved in a shooting attack on the home of a former council head due to
In recent weeks, police arrested three Israeli youths – two from
the West Bank – on suspicion of being linked to the attack on the
All three have since been released, and police have struggled to
present evidence to the courts to justify their continued custody.