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PM: Head of Israel’s Islamic Movement Should Have Been Jailed Long Ago

The Jerusalem Post reports: With concern in Israel that Passover, which begins on April 22, could trigger violence around the Temple Mount as Jews flock to the Western Wall for prayers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the jailing of the head of the extremist Northern Branch of Islamic Movement, Raed Salah (pictured above, right).

“We are seeing efforts by Raed Salah to heat up the Temple Mount area before Passover,” Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting. “This man is a one-man explosive.”

Calling for the security forces and the judiciary to “distance him,” Netanyahu said Salah should long ago been put behind bars.

The government has accused Raed Salah of being instrumental in fomenting the violence that began last October by circulating the false rumor that Israel was endangering the Aksa Mosque.

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