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Publish Date: 20:19 - 07 September 2020
Monday, 07 September 2020_Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri is a former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem al-Quds who has come out in denunciation of Israeli intentions for exploiting the coronavirus crisis to close the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to Muslim worshipers.

Israel after exploiting COVID-19 to close al-Aqsa, says Palestinian clericThe cleric, who is currently heading the Higher Islamic Council in Occupied Jerusalem al-Quds, warned on Monday that the Palestinian people and the Department of Islamic Endowments in al-Quds would not allow the closure to happen.

The occupation is using the pandemic as a flimsy pretext to escalate the situation at al-Aqsa, carry out its plans, take the mosque’s affairs off the hands of the Islamic Awqaf and shut it down, the preacher said.

He expressed regret that the mosque is no more a priority or has no spot on the agenda of the Arabs and Muslims, saying their “compass has deviated from Jerusalem al-Quds.” 

Israeli forces raided the house of Sheikh Sabri in April. 

Soldiers accompanied by intelligence officers broke into the residence in al-Suwana neighborhood.

“Israel should not be allowed to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic and attempt to impose new restrictions on al-Aqsa Mosque,” the al-Aqsa preacher said at the time. 

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