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Israel bans Al-Aqsa Imam Ekrema Sabri from travel

Palestinians gather to protest Israel's destruction in Silwan neighborhood after a Friday prayer as Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Ikrimah Sabri delivers the Friday Sermon (Khutbah) in East Jerusalem on August 28, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrema Sabri in East Jerusalem on August 28, 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupation authorities yesterday banned Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, imam and preacher of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from travelling abroad four a period of four months, Safa reported.

According to the news agency, the occupation claimed that Sheikh Sabri poses a danger to the security of the state of Israel.

Israeli occupation authorities have several times banned Sheikh Sabri from travel and expelled him from Al-Aqsa Mosque over his criticism of the violations of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinians and their religious sites.

"This decision is uncivilised and unjustified oppression," Sheikh Sabri, 83, said. "This decision aims to restrict my activities and to undermine my religious duty," he added.

"Such measures will not affect me and will not change my positions," he said, stressing that these measures are taken under "false claims of terrorism, incitement, defaming Israel's reputation and undermining its security."

He stressed that the Israeli occupation imposes several forms of punitive measures against the Palestinians to reduce the interaction with the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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