Israeli police kidnap mosque imam and another man in Nazareth

[ 07/10/2010 – 11:09 AM ]


NAZARETH, (PIC)– The Israeli police kidnapped on Wednesday two Palestinian citizens in Nazareth city inside the 1948 occupied lands, including the imam of Shihabuddin mosque, on allegations of supporting alleged terror groups, illegal gathering and planning to commit crimes.

Spokesman for the Israeli police Doron Malka said that Al-Morouj police detained mosque imam Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim and another man called Mohamed Naarani.

The two Palestinians will be tried in the Nazareth magistrate’s court, which issued a gag order on the details of police investigations.

Sheikh Abu Salim is a known figure in Nazareth who leads prayers at the Shihabuddin mosque. The mosque has been dubbed the ‘disputed mosque’ following a lengthy conflict between the government and Muslims regarding its construction.

In a separate incident, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Thursday raided different West Bank areas and kidnapped 12 Palestinian citizens.

Israeli military sources told the Hebrew radio this morning that the IOF troops in the West Bank captured 12 Palestinians suspected of being involved in activities against Israeli targets and took them to the intelligence apparatus for interrogation. The sources did not reveal the identity of the detainees or their political affiliations.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, the Israeli army said that it captured a Palestinian young man near Hawara village in southern Nablus, claiming it found a knife in his possession.

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Israeli police kidnap mosque imam and another man in Nazareth.

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