Israel fears violence following arrest of Islamic Movement headSecurity forces fear an outbreak of further violence following the arrest of the leader of the Islamic Movement's northern branch, Sheikh Ra'ad Salah. Salah was arrested, and later released, last night after Police Commissioner David Cohen, State Prosecutor Moshe Lador and Jerusalem police chief Aharon Franco decided that Salah would be interrogated about recent statements.
The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ordered Salah released four hours after his arrest. Judge Shimon Fineberg accepted the police's argument that Salah's statements could endanger the peace in Jerusalem, but he said it would be enough to keep him out of the city. Salah was ordered to stay out of Jerusalem for 30 days.
Fatah official to 'Post': Violence may lead to 3rd intifada
Recent violence in the capital and the ongoing tensions surrounding the Temple Mount could trigger a third intifada, senior Fatah official Hatem Abdel Kader warned in a conversation with The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
"It's a very sensitive situation," the former Palestinian Authority minister for Jerusalem affairs said as he stood outside a home in the city's Wadi Joz neighborhood.
Officials from the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, including its leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, were among those who had congregated on the home's roof, in response to what they called "recent Israeli actions."
..."Israel's decisions so far have been very dangerous," he said. "And if they don't want things to escalate, the Israelis should back away from this issue. If not, we are afraid that the situation could lead to an explosion - it could lead to a third intifada."