Israel police ban Al-Aqsa Mosque imam for four months

Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the grand mufti of Jerusalem, manages to enter the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque, despite an earlier Israeli ban (Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  January 27, 2020

Israeli occupation police interrogated Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, for at least four hours, Anadolu reported yesterday.

Prior to the interrogation, Sheikh Sabri said: “I have been praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque for 70 years and have been giving sermons for 47 years. It is not acceptable that I am prevented from entering it.”

Sheikh Sabri is the head of the Islamic Supreme Commission (NGO) in Jerusalem.

Scores of Palestinians protested in front of the police station in Jerusalem while he was being interrogated.

On Saturday, Israeli police banned the Sheikh from entering the mosque for four months and summoned him for interrogation yesterday.

Last week, the Israeli occupation police handed him a one-week ban but he defied it and performed Friday prayer at the holy site.

Israeli police have expelled Sheikh Sabri on numerous occasions and banned him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.