Israel jails Palestinian leader for defending Al-Aqsa mosque

Palestinians say excavations at the site threatened the foundations of al-Aqsa.

Israel jails Palestinian leader for defending Al-Aqsa mosque

An Israeli court jailed a Palestinian leader on Wednesday for his part in Palestinian protests in 2007 near Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, police said.

Palestinians say excavations at the site threatened the foundations of al-Aqsa.

Israel arrested Salah several times and jailed him for two years in prison because of his statesments about defending Holy land against Jewish invasion.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court sentenced Salah to nine months in jail for the 2007 incident, to begin next month. He received an additional suspended sentence of six months.

Salah's lawyer said he would consider an appeal.

"The Israeli state, which is occupying al-Aqsa, is trying to distract from its real crime and to satisfy the mood in Israel by convicting the honourable Sheikh Salah," attorney Khaled Zabarqa told Reuters.

Salah previously served a two-year jail sentence after being convicted of sending money to needy Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Zabarqa said.

Israel captured Al-Quds in the 1967 six-day war and later annexed the city, in a move condemned by the international community.

Al-Quds is also home to some of the holiest Christian worship places, including the Jerusalem Church and the Greek Orthodox Church.


Agencies


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