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Radical imam from Nazareth suspected of supporting terror groups

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Radical imam from Nazareth suspected of supporting terror groups

Israeli security forces have arrested two Arab citizens from Nazareth, including the imam of the radical hotbed Shihab al-Din mosque, on suspicion of supporting terror groups, illegal unionizing, and plotting to commit crimes, according to information released on Wednesday. Sheikh Nazem Abu Salim, head of the infamous Nazareth mosque located beside the landmark Basilica of the Annunciation, was one of those taken into custody by Shin Bet agents in the latest wave of arrests among radical Muslim elements in the Galilee region. A court has issued a gag order on details of the investigation, but Sheikh Abu Salim was responsible for hanging a banner protesting the Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in 2009, which read "he is not welcome here.” He cited the Pope's 2006 speech in which he quoted a medieval text depicting the Prophet Mohammad as violent.

 

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