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al-Aqsa Mosque

An Islamic preacher was sentenced on Sunday to eight months in prison for incitement over a 2014 sermon he gave at the al-Aqsa Mosque at Temple Mount, according to a court statement.

The court in Jerusalem said that Sheikh Omar Abu Sara, whose sentence is set to begin December 18, will be handed an additional six months in prison if he repeats the crime within three years.

Abu Sara argued in his defence that he had only been citing the Koran and that the sermon was not meant to incite listeners to violence, according to The Times of Israel newspaper.

In a video of the impromptu sermon posted online, Abu Sara calls for the slaughter of Jews and compares them to pigs, according to a translated version from The Middle East Media Research Institute.

Temple Mount, also known as the Noble Sanctuary, is considered a holy site in Islam and Judaism. Under a status quo agreement, only Muslims are allowed to pray on the platform housing the al-Aqsa Mosque.

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