Israel places Al-Aqsa Imam on month-long travel ban

03 Jul 2023 03:02pm
The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Dr Ekrima Sabri
The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Dr Ekrima Sabri

KUALA LUMPUR - The Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Dr Ekrima Sabri, has been subjected to a month-long travel ban by the Israeli regime, alleging that his activities pose a threat to the security of Israel.

According to a statement from the legal office of Sheikh Dr. Ekrima, received by Bernama via WhatsApp, the travel ban was issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior on Sunday and was delivered by Israeli intelligence forces who raided his home in East Jerusalem.

The duration of the ban may potentially be extended.

"They (the Israeli authorities) want to prevent the world from knowing the truth about what is really happening in Jerusalem. Sheikh Ekrima Sabri has not committed any wrongdoing that would warrant a travel ban. Instead, he has only been fulfilling his role in representing Al-Aqsa Mosque and the issue of Jerusalem," the statement read.

The ban was imposed following a systematic campaign of incitement against him in recent months, orchestrated by the Israeli government.

The statement also called on Arab and Muslim nations to take action to stop the unjust persecution and violations against Sheikh Dr. Ekrima Sabri, considering his religious status and advanced age.

Previously, Sheikh Dr Ekrima visited Malaysia to participate in the International Conference on Palestine, held virtually in Putrajaya on June 17-18.

In an exclusive interview with Bernama during his visit, he called on Muslims from around the world to unite and stand firm in resolving the Palestinian issue, which has yet to find a solution. - BERNAMA

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