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Al-Azhar denounces Friedman’s receiving of picture of Jerusalem without Al-Aqsa

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman poses with a picture of the 'Third Temple' which Zionists wish to build on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on 22 May 2018 [Twitter]
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman poses with a picture of the 'Third Temple' which Zionists wish to build on the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem on 22 May 2018 [Twitter]

On Thursday, Al-Azhar religious institution in Egypt, the leading Sunni institution in the Arab and Muslim world, denounced David Friedman’s showing of a picture of the city of Jerusalem, in which the “alleged Temple” appears in the place of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Al-Azhar warned in a statement that Al-Aqsa “is more valuable than the lives of Muslims.”

Al-Azhar said that it has seen with deep disapproval “the circulated image by a number of media outlets, in which David Friedman, the US ambassador to the Zionist occupation, shows a picture of the city of Jerusalem without Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, but that includes the so-called alleged Temple.”

Al-Azhar described this act as “an irresponsible behaviour in the context of the continued Zionist-US provocations of the feelings of more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.”

Read: US envoy poses with photo depicting Jewish temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque

It pointed out that “such abhorrent violations will not change anything in history. Jerusalem will remain the capital of the Palestinian State, and Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain more valuable than the lives of Muslims.”

Al-Azhar warned of the continuation of the US-Zionist plans that are targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It said that “the silence on these ongoing violations threatens peace and security in the entire region.”

This came in response to a photo of Friedman, showing him smiling when he received a gift consisting of a large picture of the city of Jerusalem but without the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which has been replaced by the “alleged Temple.”

Read: Israel bans Al-Aqsa Imam from entering West Bank

The photo was taken during Friedman’s visit to the city of Bnei Brak in central Israel a few days ago.

The US embassy in Tel Aviv said in a press statement that “Ambassador Friedman was not aware of the content of the picture that was in front of him when the photo was taken.”

The embassy added: “The US policy is clear. We support the current situation in the Haram Esh-Sharif/ Temple Mount.”

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