Palestine Mufti castigates IOA over curbs on freedom of worship

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri condemns the Israeli prohibition on muslims

Palestine Mufti castigates IOA over curbs on freedom of worship

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, on Friday castigated the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) for imposing restrictions on the Palestinian Muslims' freedom of worship.

Sabri, in his Khutba (sermon) at the Friday congregation in the Aqsa Mosque, lashed out at the Israeli step of banning all Palestinians less than 45 years old of reaching the holy Mosque in occupied Jerusalem to attend the congregation.

He said that the Israeli barriers spread everywhere at the entrances to occupied Jerusalem and in the vicinity of the Mosque deprived hundreds of thousands of worshippers from offering prayers in the holy site.

The Mufti further lashed out at Tel Aviv for allowing the construction of the so-called "Tolerance Museum" on a Muslim cemetery in western Jerusalem.

He stressed that all Muslim graveyards were Wakf lands that were the sole property of Muslims and their representative here is the Islamic Awkaf department.

Sabri, meanwhile, accused the West of exploiting the freedom of expression to offend Islam and its prophet. He criticized the EU for backing the Danish position in refusing to apologize for publishing cartoons insulting the prophet, peace be upon him.

Source: Palestinian Information Center

Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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