Imam of the Al-Aqsa mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, Sheikh Ekrem Sabri, was summoned by the Israeli intelligence service on Monday for questioning, his family said.

A family member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Israeli forces had raided Sabri’s home in the Al-Suwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem.

“He was called in for questioning without explanation,” he told the Anadolu news agency.

No comments were received from the Israeli authorities regarding the message.

Sabri is a staunch critic of years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and has been arrested several times by Israeli forces.

He previously served as Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories from 1994 to 2006.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site in the world. The Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming that in ancient times there were two Jewish temples here.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. He annexed the entire city in 1980, which was never recognized by the international community.

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