Saudi 'Israel inciting' cleric arrested

Awadh al-Garni had called on Muslims to avenge Gaza op by targeting Israeli interests "everywhere."

A popular radical cleric who urged Muslims to target Israeli interests around the world has been arrested, a Saudi Web site reported Wednesday. Saudi security officials were not available for comment. The site, Rasid, posts news about Saudi Arabia's Shiite community and has reliable contacts within both the Sunni and Shiite religious community. The site said Sheik Awadh al-Garni was detained Monday in connection with his recent fatwa, or religious edict. Al-Garni had called on Muslims to avenge the attacks on Gaza by targeting Israeli interests "everywhere." Fatwas are not legally binding and it is up to individual Muslims to follow them. Al-Garni is popular but not a member of the official religious establishment.