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Saudi cleric arrested for calling for attacks on Israelis

Gulf-Middle East, Wed, 31 Dec 2008 IANS

Riyadh, Dec 31 (DPA) A prominent Saudi Arabian Muslim cleric who called for attacks on Israelis worldwide in retaliation for the ongoing airstrikes on the Gaza Strip has been arrested, Saudi media reported Wednesday.


Sheikh Awad al-Qarni issued a fatwa, or religious edict, on Monday that 'it is legitimate to spill (Israeli) blood as long as they are spilling the blood of our brothers in Palestine.'



The report in the al-Rasad newspaper said that al-Qarni was arrested in the south of the country and has been brought to the capital Riyadh. Police would not confirm the arrest.



In the past few days al-Qarni's fatwa has been widely discussed on Islamist internet sites, the newspaper said.


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