Despite Israeli restrictions
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC) – Hundreds of worshipers performed Friday prayer at the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite the third consecutive week of closure imposed by the Israeli occupation police in Jerusalem under the pretext of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
The occupation police set up iron barriers in the vicinity of the Old City in Jerusalem and prevented hundreds of worshipers from accessing it, except for its residents.
The Israeli police stopped all arrivals to the Old City of Jerusalem, checked their ID cards and issued violations against worshipers in the vicinity of the town and within its walls.
Iyad Al-Jaaba was arrested in Bab Al-Silsilah while he was on his way to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Dozens of worshipers performed Friday prayer in al-Amud Gate after they were prevented from accessing the Old City.
The Islamic Endowments Department stated that 3,000 worshipers managed to perform Friday prayer in the courtyards of the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque amid Israeli restrictions and measures.
The preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri, addressed the normalizers in his Friday Khutba (sermon) saying, “We say to the normalizers do not deceive us with your prayers and this normalization is a betrayal of the Isra and Mi’raj land.”
Sabri also denounced the Israeli occupation measures to restrict worshipers under the pretext of the corona pandemic and said, “We do not see any justification for these measures as long as the worshipers adhere to health measures.”
He finally called on the people of the Old City of Jerusalem to perform all prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
(Source / 01.01.2021)