Published today (updated) 04/12/2009 09:43
Sheikh Ekrima Sabri [SafsafImages]
Jerusalem – Ma’an - Head of the Islamic Higher Commission
Sheikh Ekrima Sabri was barred from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem
for six months following an order from Israeli intelligence delivered
Sabri was called in to the intelligence earlier in the week, and ordered to
report to "room 4" in the Russian compound in Jerusalem. The room is notorious
for its interrogations of Jerusalemite Palestinians, and the unit that heads
the room collect intelligence on those requested to report for questioning.
Sabri did not go to the interrogation and was hand delivered an order signed
by the commander of the intelligence unit barring him from access to Al-Aqsa.
The Sheikh received his orders to report to the intelligence unit immediately
upon returning to Jerusalem from Saudi Arabia where he was performing the Hajj
pilgrimage on Wednesday, he said.