Preacher to serve 8 months for incitement over Temple Mount sermon

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.

Last update: Sun, 25/09/2016 - 17:30
Author: 

More from World

Protests and parties around the world mark Trump inauguration

Groups of demonstrators took to the streets in cities around the world on Friday to both lament and celebrate the...

UN: About 45,000 flee Gambia due to political crisis

About 45,000 people have fled from Gambia to neighbouring Senegal amid a threat of military intervention as autocrat...

Vietnam gets sixth submarine from Russia

Vietnam has received its sixth attack submarine from Russia amid rising Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea...

"The good times are over": Chinese fear Trump impact on economy

Many of his fellow citizens still admire Donald Trump, but Chinese exporter Cai Jipeng has been dreading...

Reports: 170 people killed by Nigerian airstrike on refugee camp

As many as 170 people were killed by an accidental military airstrike on a refugee camp in north-east Nigeria, aid...