The Mufti reportedly picked up a nasty case of Joooo cooties.
CAIRO — A top Egyptian Islamic cleric’s visit to Jerusalem, which broke with decades of opposition by Muslim leaders on traveling to areas under Israeli control, is drawing bitter condemnation from the Muslim Brotherhood.
Critics are predicting he won’t last long in his job, after he violated a long-time clerical boycott of Israel. In his defense, the mufti said his trip was a show of solidarity with the Palestinians.
Osama Yassin, a leader of the Brotherhood’s political arm, said Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa must be held to account for his visit to Jerusalem, where he prayed at the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine. The Al-Aqsa mosque is located within the Temple Mount compound, site of the two Biblical Jewish temples.
Yassin’s comments were posted Thursday on the website of the Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest political group.
Gomaa wrote on his Twitter account that the symbolic visit was in solidarity with the Palestinians’ claim to east Jerusalem, under Israel’s control since it was captured in the 1967 Mideast war.
Gomaa called the trip an unofficial visit, clearly an attempt to defuse criticism he is already facing for breaking an unofficial ban by Muslim clerics and most Egyptian professional and private associations on visiting Israel or Israeli-controlled Palestinian territories.