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Saudi cleric announces visit to Jerusalem

Saudi cleric announces visit to Jerusalem

A Saudi cleric has announced on his television show that he will visit Jerusalem next week to bolster Muslim claims to the city.
If Sheik Mohammed al-Areefi goes ahead with his plan, it would be an unprecedented trip for a prominent Saudi. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, but most Muslim countries _ including Saudi Arabia _ observe a boycott of Israel and ban travel there.
Al-Areefi told his viewers Sunday on the religious satellite channel Iqra that the next episode of his show would be about Muslim claims to Jerusalem and Palestine. Al-Areefi said he would visit the city next week, though he did not specify when.
Al-Areefi is viewed as a comparative moderate among Saudi Arabia's conservative clergy.


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:06 GMT+08:00