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An Israeli court has banned Islamic Movement in Israel deputy leader Sheikh Kamal Khatib from entering Al-Quds (Jerusalem) until the end of September, group spokesman Zahi Njeidat said Wednesday.
Khatib was arrested earlier Wednesday, along with senior group member Sheikh Ali Abu Sheikha, on charges of "involvement in rioting" and "disturbing the peace" in the holy city's Aqsa Mosque complex.
Njeidat told Anadolu Agency that an Israeli court had ordered the two men released on $150 bail on condition that they stayed away from the city for the next 12 days.
"Preparations are now underway for their release and to get them out of Jerusalem," he added.
Njeidat added, however, that the court had not yet closed the case against the two men, noting that both might face more sanctions in future.
It is the second such move against Islamic Movement members this month.
Israeli police arrested group leader Raed Salah earlier this month on charges of "incitement" against Israel.
The Jerusalem Magistrate Court later ordered Salah's release on bail – set at 50,000 Israeli shekels – on condition that he remain at least 30 km from the city for six months.
Njeidat said the latest arrests aimed to "help the Israeli occupation tighten its grip on Al-Aqsa Mosque by hunting down every advocate of this righteous cause," referring to the movement's efforts to defend the iconic mosque from increasingly frequent violations by extremist Jewish settlers and Israeli police.
The Islamic Movement in Israel has called on Palestinians to converge on Al-Aqsa to counter plans by Jewish settlers to mark the Jewish holidays by storming the mosque's precincts.
Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site, has recently been the target of repeated violations by Jewish settlers, distressing Palestinian Muslims.
The Knesset (Israel's parliament) had earlier called for opening the mosque compound to Jews on all Jewish holidays.
Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the "Temple Mount," claiming the area had been the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2013, 17:50