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Writers' Union to terminate membership of Egypt's Grand Mufti for Jerusalem visit

Egypt's Grand Mufti sparked uproar after visiting Jerusalem Wednesday, breaking decades of an unofficial travel ban to Israel

Reuters, Saturday 21 Apr 2012
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An official in Egypt’s Writers' Union has said the union discussing terminating the membership of Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa because of a visit he paid to Jerusalem Wednesday.

Salah Alrawy, member of the union’s Board of Directors said that the union has already prepared a decree to terminate Gomaa's membership, given that he broke the national consensus on boycotting Israel by all means, which includes a travel ban to Jerusalem while it’s under Israeli occupation.

Alrawy said that the union will hold an urgent meeting Monday, 23 April, to take a final decision on the matter.

On Wednesday, Gomaa ignited anger among Egyptians, including Islamic scholars, students and the Muslim Brotherhood, after he visited Jerusalem as part of the inauguration of a new chair in Islamic studies.

Gomaa said that his visit was arranged by Jordanian authorities and that he entered Jerusalem through the West Bank, not from Israel. He also repeated his refusal to normalise relations with Israel, considering his visit to Jerusalem as a “gift from God”.

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Hesham Agag
21-04-2012 11:51pm
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Why
IF your visit is a gift from God,why did not you share it with others? millions of Palstinians can not touch the soil of AL Aksa mosqu
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Safa Khalidi
21-04-2012 04:36pm
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Has anybody asked Jerusalemites how they feel?
We feel alone and abandoned - and the Mufti's visit is welcome. Occupiers and tyrants come and go - but Jerusalem and Al Aqsa stands. We recuse other people inflated sense of their own superioity, and their callous imposition of their own opinion on us. Azhar clerics' petty jealousies have no place in our destiny.
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patkar
21-04-2012 01:44pm
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Fair enough but...
He never entered Israel exept entering occupied land, he travelled from and to Jordan with no israeli visa or contact.The attitude of the writter's union is insulting to a good man. but on the otherhand what about QIZ business partnership with Israel and all the businesses dealing with Israel, because THEY make money so you blindfold yourself ?NO SEE NO HEAR NO KNOW...
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