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Israeli intelligence interrogates the imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque


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Today, Monday, the Israeli intelligence summoned Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, for questioning, according to his family.

A family member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Israeli forces raided Sabri’s home in the Al-Sawwana neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

“He was summoned for interrogation without specifying the reasons,” he told Anadolu Agency.

There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the report.

Sabri is a vocal critic of the decades-old Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and has been arrested by Israeli forces several times.

He previously served as the Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories from 1994 until 2006.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the third holiest site in the world. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount,” claiming that it was the site of two synagogues in ancient times.

East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, and it has not been recognized by the international community.

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