Palestinian Cleric Slams Arab States’ Stance on Closure of Al-Aqsa
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Palestinian cleric and Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher denounced certain Arab states’ stances toward the “unprecedented” move by the Israeli regime to shut down the mosque.
Former grand Mufti of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Palestinian territories Sheikh Ikrima Sabri on Saturday condemned the Israeli measures against Al-Aqsa and said the moves are tantamount to “collective punishment” and “desecration of the mosque”, according to local reports.
The cleric also described the closure of the mosque as “unprecedented” and warned that if the closure continues, all options will be on the table.
He further expressed sorrow over the stances adopted by Arab countries on the recent incidents and said, “…unfortunately, we see that Arabs are busy with their internal problems.”
The Israeli regime on Friday shut down al-Aqsa Mosque after a deadly shooting at the holy mosque’s compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds.
The gunfight took place just outside the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount) and left three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers dead.
Following the incident, the Israeli police closed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, briefly detained Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the grand mufti of Jerusalem al-Quds, and cancelled Muslim Friday prayers at the site.