Jerusalem Mufti bans Palestinian from association with the seperation wall
Palestine-Israel, Politics, 11/26/2003
Sheikh Ikrama Sabri, Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian lands, issued yesterday a Fatwa forbidding the Palestinians from working in the establishments of the "security fence" being built by Israel in the depth of the Palestinian territories.
Mufti Sabri said following the end of al-Eid sermon in al-Aqsa mosque that it is forbidden for any contractor or worker to take part in "the building of the security wall under any condition." He added " egally, we should not take part in building it because it is a recognition of it." Sabri urged Muslims to boycott work in the institutions of building the Israeli wall in order to obstruct its installation.
Sabri called on Muslims and the Arabs in the world to remember the Palestinian people and their sufferings from the "oppression of occupation and they should work for ending the occupation and protecting the al-Aqsa mosque and the holy sites from the dangers of extremists."
Sabri said that Muslims are not able to be in al-Aqsa mosque in order to pray on the first day of Eid al-Fiter, and that he was obliged to postpone the beginning of yesterday's morning prayers for 15 minutes in the hope that the worshippers will arrive. Only 60,000 worshippers were able to reach the Eid prayers in al-Aqsa mosque because the Israeli army tightened closure of the city of Jerusalem, and prevented the Palestinians from having access to Jerusalem by installing barriers at the entrances of the cities and villages.
Since 2002, Israel has been working on building its "security wall" inside the lands of the West Bank. A matter which will be conducive to isolating hundreds of thousands of Palestinians or imprisoning them inside isolated residential aggregations. Israel says that the wall is a security necessity to prevent the sneaking of activists. The Palestinians accuse Tel Aviv of trying to demarcate the border and prevent the foundation of a viable Palestinian state.
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