JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- President Abbas on Wednesday slammed Israel's arrest of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a statement said.
Abbas "condemned the occupying Israeli authorities' detention of Jerusalem mufti Mohammed Hussein," his office said in a statement.
The president "demanded the Israeli government release the mufti immediately," and said "the arrest represents an audacious challenge to freedom of worship."
Israeli intelligence officers broke into the home of Sheikh Muhammad Hussein in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem and took him to the Russian Compound detention center, his office said.
"At 8.10 a.m. two vehicles from Israeli intelligence arrived at our house and detained my father, taking him to the Russian Compound detention center for interrogation," one of Sheikh Hussein's sons told Ma'an. more