Israel Detains Jerusalem Grand Mufti Following Temple Mount Terrorist Attack

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmed Hussain addresses the Paigham-e-Islam conference in Islamabad on February 10, 2016. Over five thousand Ulema, Mashaikh and scholars attended the Paigham-e-Islam conference, voicing concern over the rise of terrorism. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM / AFP / FAROOQ NAEEM (Photo credit should read FAROOQ …
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The Times of Israel reports: Israeli security forces detained Jerusalem’s top Islamic cleric as crowds gathered in the Old City following a shooting attack at the highly sensitive Temple Mount in which three Arab-Israelis killed two Israeli police officers, the cleric’s son said.

The grand mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the city’s highest Islamic authority, had earlier gathered in the Old City with others and condemned the closure of the holy site for prayers following the attack. Israel said it temporarily closed the site after the shooting for security reasons, including to search for weapons.

In his speech, Hussein called on Muslim masses to flood to the holy site, and condemned what he called Friday’s Israeli “aggression” there, Army Radio reported — a presumed reference to the closure of the site and/or to Israeli forces’ shooting of the assailants.

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