Israel Arrests Five in East Jerusalem on Incitement Charges

The five were arrested for praising terrorism on social media. A further 33 were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of taking part in Temple Mount clashes

File photo: Israeli security forces during clashes with Palestinians on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 28, 2017.
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Five residents of East Jerusalem were arrested Monday with incitement to terrorism and other crimes. Mohammed Makheimer, 19, Sif Abu Juma, 21 and a minor, 17, were charged with posting praise of terror organizations on social media following the July 14th terror attack on the Temple Mount. Some hours after the attack, Abu Juma wrote "Three martyrs left Umm al-Fahm. You are ahead of us and we are following."

Two others, Safian Mahmoud, 26, and Mohammed Shamasne, 23, were charged with calling for violence against security forces and citizens, and praising and supporting terror organizations.

On Sunday night, Israel Police and Border Guard officers raided homes in East Jerusalem and arrested 33 people, including seven minors, on suspicion of involvement in violent clashes related to the Temple Mount crisis. The suspects were taken for interrogation.

Israel's placement of metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount compound following the July 14th killing of two Israeli policemen sparked protest by Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank and from the Muslim world at large. 

The developments led to violent clashes in the West Bank, and the metal detectors were removed last week.

On Friday, thousands of worshippers prayed at the Temple Mount compound without incident. But afterwards, clashes involving hundreds of Palestinians erupted at 12 points in the West Bank and by Gaza. The Palestinian Health Ministry says that a 16-year-old was killed by Gaza and at least six people were injured. One soldier was hit by a rock in Qalandia and was evacuated to hospital in Jerusalem.