The Mufti of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Ekrema Sabri said yesterday that teaching Israeli books in the Palestinian schools in occupied Jerusalem is “haram”, the Palestinian Information Centre reported.
“Anyone who teaches the Zionist syllabus, agrees to teach it or send their sons to the schools which teach it is sinful,” Sabri said during the Friday sermon.
The Israeli occupation authorities are insisting to impose the Zionist syllabus, which contradicts our religion, values and history. They offer privileges to those who teach it to our pupils.
Meanwhile, the Sheikh condemned the Israeli occupation’s demolition of Palestinian homes and villages in Jerusalem, calling this “terrorist, inhumane and revengeful acts”.
He also denounced the Israeli occupation’s razing of Al-Shuhada Cemetery, which is adjacent to Al-Aqsa Mosque from the eastern side, noting that cemeteries are sacred places in all religions.
The Sheikh reiterated that the Israeli occupation’s aggression against Al-Aqsa Mosque has never stopped and stressed that no particle of sand of Al-Aqsa Mosque is negotiable.
He reiterated that all Muslims reject the decision issued by the Israeli court to close Al-Aqsa’s Al-Rahma Gate.
The Israeli court does not have jurisdiction over Al-Aqsa Mosque, he said, stressing that Al-Rahma Gate is one of the prayer places of Al-Aqsa Mosque and it is an inseparable part of it.