The General Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, said that Israeli occupation authorities are secretly building a synagogue under the holy Al- Aqsa Mosque.
Sheikh Sabri said that “such an Israeli violation was conducted under cover of excavation works, which jeopardize Al-Aqsa Mosque."
He called on the Islamic world to halt the construction of the synagogue because "Al-Aqsa Mosque is not only for the Palestinian people but also for all the Muslims worldwide."
"The Israeli authorities have been exploiting the big gates of the western side of al-Aqsa since 1996 through conducting a series of excavation works which ended with clandestinely erecting a synagogue," Sheikh Sabri explained.
He noted that "constructing such a synagogue proves that the Israelis did not find any sign for the Temple, that is why they made up some rooms to vaguely narrate their religious history."
Reports say the synagogue is located in the western side underneath the Moroccans’ Gate. It consists of five rooms.