JERUSALEM, May 8, 2013 (WAFA) – The Israeli police arrested Wednesday the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Hussein at his Jerusalem home and charged him with inciting to violence.
President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the arrest and said that it was “a serious violation of freedom of worship.”
He called on the Israeli authorities to immediately release the Mufti.
Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh also condemned Israeli settlers’ escalation in Jerusalem and particularly at al-Aqsa Mosque, a Muslim holy place in Jerusalem.
He warned against repercussions to this escalation on the entire region and called on the Israeli government to stop the provocations by the settlers.
The arrest of the Mufti came following clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday during provocative tours of the holy compound by Jewish extremists.
Muslims fear that the extremists have an intention to take over the Mosque in order to build their temple over its ruins.
Tension was also high on Wednesday in the Old City of Jerusalem and particularly around al-Aqsa Mosque as Israelis continue to plan to carry out more provocative tours in the compound while police prevented Muslims from entering the area.
The rise in the number of Jewish provocative visitation of al-Aqsa compound coincides with the date Israel marks for the occupation of the east section of the city in 1967 according to the Hebrew calendar.
Source: WAFA News