Israeli troops, early on Wednesday, stormed the home of Ikrima Sabri, current head of the Higher Islamic Council and former Mufti, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem.
Palestinian sources in the occupied old city of Jerusalem said that the attack on Sabri’s home followed Israeli troops’ crackdown on a Palestinian solidarity protest, held by employees of the Palestinian Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs.
No damage was reported inside the home of the high-ranking Palestinian scholar.
The protest, outside of the former Mufti’s home, was in protest of Israeli troops and police harassment of Palestinian workers and guards at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound of East Jerusalem, one of the holiest Islamic shrines in the world.
The sources added that Israeli troops abducted two protesters and took them to a nearby Israeli custody center, in the Arab-Palestinian occupied city.
Palestine’s Grand Mufti is one of the most prominent and most respected figures across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Attacking any religious figure is seen by many rights groups and concerned bodies, as grossly unjustified.
Dozens of protestors as well as Arab members in the Israeli Knesset, participated in the protest held against the ongoing Israeli police harassment of Sabri Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.
The participants object to the occupation state’s denial of Muslims’ freedom of worship, by banning them from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, beating and arresting worshippers.