Palestinians in Jerusalem are heeding calls by senior Islamic leaders not to cooperate with the Israeli security measures enforced against those entering Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The row has meant that Islam’s third-holiest mosque has been empty of worshippers for five consecutive days.
Despite the fact that the custodianship of the mosque is in the hands of the Jordanian government, Israeli leaders have insisted on the right to install metal detectors.
Ekrima Sabri, former mufti of Jerusalem and the head of the Supreme Islamic Council, told Arab News that what is taking place in Jerusalem is a form of nonviolent civil disobedience.
“We insist that the Israelis remove the metal detectors and at the same time we insist on our right to pray in our Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.
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