Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli occupation forces earlier on Sunday raided the home of Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the preacher of al-Aqsa Mosque and the former grand mufti of Palestine, before giving him a summons for interrogation.
Sheikh Sabri said that Israeli forces violently raided his home in the occupied city of Jerusalem, at about 5am local time.
They asked him to give them his ID, and handed him a summons for interrogation at 9am, the next day at the Russian Compound.
Sheikh Sabri said he didn’t know the reason for the summons but he said he expected that the summons may be in connection with the Israeli Court’s decision on Wednesday that silent prayer by Israeli settlers at al-Aqsa mosque compound is allowed.
Sheikh Sabri has condemned the Court’s decision, calling it “a deliberate and clear provocation” and “an interference in the affairs of al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Sheikh Sabri has been giving Friday sermons at Al-Aqsa Mosque since 1973. He has previously been banned from entering the sacred compound in the Old City several times before, particularly in 2000 as the Second Intifada erupted.
He is a notable Jerusalemite figure, known for standing up to the daily incursions into the Al-Aqsa compound carried out by Israeli settlers who enter the area under the protection of Israeli police and intelligence services.
(Source / 10.10.2021)