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Israel bans head of Al-Aqsa authority from accessing mosque

Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat, the director of Waqf Property in Al-Aqsa Mosque [File photo]

Israeli occupation police yesterday banned Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat, the director of Waqf Property in Al-Aqsa Mosque, from accessing the Muslim holy site for three months, Quds Press reported.

Sheikh Bkeerat told Quds Press that the Israeli police had summoned and investigated him in Al-Qashleh detention centre in Hebron Gate, west of Jerusalem.

After he was investigated, he told Quds Press, the Israeli occupation police handed him over the deportation order.

He reiterated that the Israeli occupation “wants to create a vacuum in Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as to undermine the education process inside it.”

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The Sheikh noted that this is the sixteenth time he has been deported and banned from entering the mosque which is the location of his work.

He said that the Israeli occupation deported him under the pretext that he “poses danger to state security,” noting that the deportation order is signed by the police commander in Jerusalem.

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