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Palestinian detained for ‘praying for bad things to happen to police’

July 23, 2017 6:25 P.M. (Updated: July 23, 2017 9:02 P.M.)
Palestinians pray outside Jerusalem's Old City on July 22 in protest of Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces detained a Palestinian cleric for delivering a midday sermon outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Friday in which he “prayed for bad things to happen to Israeli police,” according to an Israeli police spokesperson.

The 42-year-old religious figure made the remarks at the Lions’ Gate entrance to the compound as thousands of worshipers prayed outdoors in the city and across the occupied Palestinian territory in an act of civil disobedience against increased Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa.

Three young Palestinians were shot and killed in the Jerusalem area that day -- two by Israeli forces and one by an Israeli settler -- while hundreds more were wounded as Israeli forces attacked and provoked the largely peaceful protesters.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Saturday that the Palestinian man was detained “as part of Israeli police efforts against incitement to terrorism and violence, especially during the current period marked by many violent acts, disturbance of law, and aggression against Israeli police.

She said that during the sermon, the man “prayed for Israeli policemen’s wives to become widows and for their children to become orphans.”

The act was considered a “disturbance of public order,” al-Samri said.

The police spokesperson said the Jerusalemite who delivered the sermon is from the Wadi Joz neighborhood, works in the private education sector in occupied East Jerusalem, and is a well-known religious figure.

The Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem extended his detention until July 24, al-Samri said, adding that “investigations were still being conducted to return to normal life in the city for all citizens -- Arabs and Jews.”

She also claimed that such statements delivered before larges crowds have the potential to have “dangerous and severe consequences.”

The report came as dozens of Palestinian activists, political leaders, and employees of Al-Aqsa mosque were detained, banned from Jerusalem, and barred from giving interviews or using social media -- measures that have been denounced as collective punishment by rights groups.

In the past two years, Israel has detained hundreds of Palestinians for social media activity, alleging that a wave of unrest that first swept the occupied Palestinian territory in October 2015 was encouraged largely by "incitement."

Critics have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's decades-long military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the rise of unrest.

Israel has also been of using “anti-terrorism” discourse in order to justify and further entrench the Israeli military’s half-century occupation of the West Bank and near decade-long siege of the Gaza Strip.

Suppression of Palestinian freedom of expression has also seen bookstores shuttered, while activists, journalists, novelists, and poets have been detained since 2015.
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