A number of of Al-Azhar students and political activists called for a protest Friday in front of Al-Azhar's administrative office after Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa made a rare visit to Jerusalem Wednesday for the inauguration of the Imam Ghazali chair of Islamic studies under the auspices of the Jordanian Al-Bayt Foundation.
Al-Azhar students protested Wednesday in front of the Al-Azhar student residence building for the same reason.
Ali Gomaa accompanied Jordanian Prince Ghazi Bin Mohamed at the inaugural ceremony. Travel arrangements were made under Jordanian jursidiction and did not involve any visas or entrance stamps since Jordan supervises Jerusalem's holy sites.
Gomaa repeated his refusal of normalisation between Muslims and the Israeli occupation while highlighting the importance of supporting Jerusalem and reawakening the Palestinian cause for Muslims.
He added that any person visiting Jersualem naturally feels a reawakening of the importance of the issue in his heart.