PA Mufti Expelled From Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been silent about commenting on the ceasefire agreement, which came under Egyptian efforts and agreed by the Palestinian factions and Israel.

In an unprecedented move, Muslim worshipers on Friday expelled Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Mohammed Hussein from al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented him from completing his sermon.

The protesters shouted slogans in support of Hamas and denounced Hussein for his affiliation with the Palestinian Authority.

Other worshipers shouted: “Go away, go away, we don’t want to see the … of the Palestinian Authority.”


And shortly before he came down from the pulpit, they screamed angry against the Mufti of the Palestinian Authority, where the worshipers shouted “Libra, Libra…. Men of power, righteousness, ”as the young men surrounded him, barely managed to leave, amid shouts of condemnation, anger, and accused him of receiving his instructions from the office of President Abbas.

The incident came shortly after tens of thousands of Palestinians celebrated at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound what they called Hamas’s “victory” against Israel during the last round of fighting.

At the end of the celebration, dozens of youths threw rocks and petrol bombs at police officers, who entered the compound and responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

Palestinian medics said at least 20 people were injured during the clashes.

The popular problem that faces Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is the truce policies he represents against the Israeli occupation in the eyes of the Palestinians, the election issue during the period before the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, the attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which prompted him to suspend the elections that were scheduled to take place within a month in ‘May’.

The president Abbas is trying to improve his image through clerics, some officials, and a number of Facebook activists who are supervised by the General Intelligence Service, his popularity continues to deteriorate, which opens many questions about his chances of remaine in power. In light of the disruption of the elections, and the future of his left-wing allies who abandoned them during the process of forming the electoral list of the Fatah movement he heads, and linking a number of their leaders with files related to corruption and money.


Arab Observer

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