Egyptian MPs demand that Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa quit over Jerusalem trip

April 22, 2012

(Palestinians walk in front of the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old city, on the first day of Eid al-Adha November 6, 2011. REUTERS/Muammar Awad )

Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament on Sunday called on the Mufti to quit after a visit to Jerusalem, stepping up pressure on the state-appointed official over a trip that critics say bestowed recognition of Israeli control of the city.

Mufti Ali Gomaa’s trip to East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, has caused a stir in Egypt and across the Arab region, where he has been criticized for a visit that has revived debate about normalization with Israel.

Gomaa has defended himself, saying his trip was in a personal rather than official capacity and a response to an invitation from Jordan, which lost the city to Israel in 1967 but remains the custodian of its Muslim holy sites. He prayed at the al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

Though Egypt made peace with Israel in 1979, most Egyptians are largely opposed to any normalization between the two countries until they see that Palestinian rights are restored.

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I have no particular opinion about the Middle West of Asia’s ethnic bleansing of the Jews from most of their countries, however according to my research.. “Palestinian rights restored” is based on what? Pre-1967 as a Jordanian colony they were given rights is your premise? Show evidence for this premise, Palestinians did not have rights in Jordan 20 years ago, even though Jordan was using it to advance hatred, let alone pre-1967. my issue is with the word “restored”, Sadat and pre-Sadat Egyptian dictators gave them rights in Ga’aza? i would like some of what your smoking. Prior to that the British colony of the early 20th century gave their mandate colonies rights? The Ottoman Empire gave them rights, as a colony before the Brits? Which one in your delusional mind gave them rights? Again my issue is “restored”. I know I must be brainwashed by somebody to not believe the fake narrative the world has bought into, the narrative of antisemite censorship.

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