Israel releases Palestinian cleric

9:24 am | May 8, 2013

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have released the top Muslim cleric in the holy land after several hours of questioning over disturbances at a disputed Jerusalem holy site.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, was released on Wednesday afternoon.

Police detained Hussein earlier in the day following disturbances on Tuesday at a disputed hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Jews revere the site as the Temple Mount, while Muslims call it the “Harem al-Sharif,” or “Noble Sanctuary.” The site is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Palestinians condemned the detention, and Jordan’s parliament, in a symbolic gesture, called for the kingdom to expel the Israeli ambassador.

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