ISRAEL BRIEFLY DETAINS CHIEF MUSLIM CLERIC IN JERUSALEM - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

10/16/2002 - Jerusalem

ISRAEL BRIEFLY DETAINS CHIEF MUSLIM CLERIC IN JERUSALEM

Israeli police questioned the chief Muslim cleric in Jerusalem Tuesday about a newspaper interview in which he was quoted as saying that he "did not see any religious prohibition" against suicide bombings. Ikrema Sabri was released after being held for about three hours by police in Jerusalem, and said he had been misquoted. Last year, Sabri described the Palestinian uprising against Israel as a "holy war" and said that suicide bombers and other Muslims killed in the conflict were "martyrs." He regularly delivers sermons during Friday prayers at the Al Aqsa mosque, which is built atop what Jews call the Temple Mount. But Sabri has said that in Jerusalem, "there is not one stone that refers back to Jewish history."
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