Days of Palestine - Lod
Israeli occupation police arrested the Imam and preacher of the Grand Mosque in the city of Lod, Sheikh Youssef Al-Baz, before dawn today, Thursday, on suspicion of “inciting violence, terrorism and threats.”
Al-Baz’s arrest came after the incitement of Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir, from the “Religious Zionism” party, and the campaign of arrests that affected more than two thousand detainees, including a number of leaders and activists, including the head of the Freedoms Committee in the Follow-up Committee and the deputy head of the (Northern) Islamic Movement, banned by Israel Sheikh Kamal Khatib, the leader of the Abnaa al-Balad movement, Muhammad Asaad Kanana, and the ex-prisoner Dhafer Jabarin (referred to administrative detention for four months) against the backdrop of the recent protests against the aggression on Gaza, the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, attempts to deport residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in Jerusalem, and the settlers’ attacks on Arab citizens in the country, in recent weeks, while the head of the banned Islamic movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, is in prison.
Sheikh Al-Baz is a prominent leader in the Islamic movement banned from the occupation, known for his many years of defending and advocating Arab rights in Lod. Apparently, in light of this atmosphere charged with hatred against everything that is Arab in the country; The police decided to arrest Al-Baz in retaliation for his famous stances, according to what was reported on the Arab48 website.
On November 17, the Israeli occupation authorities banned the (Northern) Islamic Movement, led by Sheikh Raed Salah and his deputy, Sheikh Kamal Khatib, and closed 20 civil institutions, without submitting any accusation regarding legal violation of any of them, but rather relied on the unjust and inherited emergency law About the British Mandate in the last century.