The preacher of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, said that the Israeli occupation is betting on the occurrence of an earthquake of such a high degree that it will lead to the demolition of the building of the blessed mosque, saying that “the reason is the earthquake, not the excavations that take place below it, today Tuesday.
In an exclusive interview with “Safa” Agency on Tuesday, Sabri indicated that the Israeli occupation authorities are still continuing their excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Umayyad palaces area, which led to the cracking of some of its walls, the fall of stones, and the occurrence of cracks in the ancient residential houses adjacent to Al-Aqsa from the western side. .
He explained that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is being subjected to the most dangerous Israeli attack since the occupation of Jerusalem in 1967, represented by the excavations that also led to the destruction and obliteration of Arab Islamic monuments below the target area, in addition to the continuous incursions into the mosque.
He added that “the excavations affect the structure of Al-Aqsa and bring it to the stage of danger, because the Israeli occupation emptied the rubles under the mosque, until the foundations became exposed, as if Al-Aqsa became suspended.”
He pointed out that the occupation authorities prevent the Islamic Endowment Department in occupied Jerusalem from carrying out maintenance work for the water network under the tiles of Al-Aqsa Mosque, especially since the network is very old and worn out, and needs to be extended and replaced.
And last Friday, large amounts of water leaked under the tiles of Al-Aqsa Mosque, due to a malfunction in the dilapidated water pipes connecting to Bab Al-Majlis Square.
Sheikh Sabri held the occupation authorities fully responsible for preventing the restoration and maintenance work at Al-Aqsa Mosque, pointing out that they wanted to dominate and supervise the restoration and maintenance of the mosque.
Regarding the plans of the Israeli occupation and its extremist groups against Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Sabri made it clear that these aggressive plans did not stop. At any stage, they present another plan for implementation, especially after they failed in 2017, to impose sovereignty on Al-Aqsa through the battle of electronic gates.
He added that “extremist groups seek to impose sovereignty over Al-Aqsa through gradual stages, and propose at each stage something new, including what is related to (silent prayer and then loud and public, increasing the hours of intrusion, leading to the expansion of the Mughrabi Gate), and others.
He described the plan to expand the Mughrabi Gate as dangerous, as it would change the features of the region, obliterate the Islamic monuments in it, and change the civilized face of the city of Jerusalem.
Recently, the alleged “temple groups” revealed, during a meeting they held with officials in the occupation government and its municipality, a plan to expand the Mughrabi Gate, which leads to Al-Aqsa, to enable settlers to enter in greater numbers from Al-Buraq Square.
According to these groups, there is a special detailed plan to remove the earthen mound and the wooden bridge connecting to the Mughrabi Gate from the middle of Al-Buraq Square (the Western Wall), and to build a beautiful fixed bridge decorated with inscriptions and biblical phrases, wide and large, consistent with the size of the incursions.
Situation of Escalation
Regarding the calls to storm Al-Aqsa on the so-called “destruction of the Temple” memory, Sheikh Sabri said that extremist groups take advantage of its occasions and holidays to storm the mosque and mobilize its members to implement this.
Sabri warned of the escalation of the situation in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, due to the continuation of these incursions, saying: “Everything is possible because the increase in pressure leads to an increase in the explosion.”
He called for the intensification of the rabat, the pilgrimage to Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a permanent presence there, to counter the incursions and greed of settlers in the mosque, and to confront the plans of the occupation against him.
In another context, Sheikh Sabri warned against the Israeliization of education in Jerusalem, saying: “The occupation’s revocation of the licenses of 6 schools in the city constitutes a kind of pressure on these schools in order to implement the Israeli curriculum.”
He added that “the occupation authorities want to exploit some of the phrases contained in the Palestinian curriculum, to say that they are incitement, as a means to justify pressure on schools, but what is happening in the Palestinian curriculum is a description of reality and our tragedy, and does not lead to incitement.”
A few days ago, the Israeli occupation authorities canceled the licenses of six schools in the occupied city of Jerusalem, under the pretext of teaching contents that incite against the state and the occupation army in textbooks.
The decision targeted Al-Iman schools in its five branches, and the number of students is about 1755 students in the primary and secondary levels, and Ibrahimia College is 288 students.