19 December 2016
Al-Aqsa imam and Supreme Muslim Council Head Sheikh Ekrima Sa’id Sabri attacked during a Khutbah at Al-Aqsa US President-elect Donald Trump after Trump promised to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
According to the Palestine Information Center, in his sermon on Friday, Sabri said “moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem is a statement and a declaration of war against Arabs and Muslims.”
In Sabri’s assessment, Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem is equivalent to declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Sabri also called on all Muslims in Occupied Palestinian territories to act, saying, “We are used to saying Al-Aqsa is in danger, but now the danger is real! Recently, the occupation has added an additional hour for Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount, without the agreement of the Waqf. This decision will add to the number of hours we are being attacked, and allow additional attackers on the Temple Mount.”
According to reports, Trump has already begun searching for an appropriate building in Jerusalem to house the US Embassy.