The Israeli Authorities prevented Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Imam of the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, from travelling to Jordan to participate in a conference in Jordan. The conference, Sheikh Sabri was invited to attend, was organised by the Jerusalem Cultural Forum, and the Jordanian Engineers Union.

The Mufti intended to highlight the situation in Jerusalem and its holy sites amidst the ongoing Israeli violations, in addition to highlighting the dire situation of the Palestinians in the occupied city suffering violations by the occupation and the illegal settlement movement.

Conference organisers said that the conference aims at shedding the light on Israel’s escalating violations that target the Arab and Islamic history and culture of the holy city, and to come up with ideas to preserve the historic city and its culture in order to solidify the existence of its native Arab and Palestinian population.

Israel provided no ‘justification’ for denying the Mufti his right to travel and forced him back.