Ekrima Sa'id Sabri

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Ekrima Sa'id Sabri
عكرمة سعيد صبري
Born1939 (age 83–84)
Muslim leader
Period in officeOctober 1994 - July 2006
PredecessorSulaiman Ja'abari
SuccessorMuhammad Ahmad Hussein
PostGrand Mufti of Jerusalem

Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri (Arabic: عكرمة سعيد صبري) (born 1939)[1] was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine from October 1994 to July 2006. He was appointed by Yasser Arafat.

Mahmoud Abbas removed Sabri as mufti in July 2006, reportedly for his growing popularity and open expression of racially charged, one sided political views.[2] Mahmoud Abbas appointed Muhammad Ahmad Hussein in July 2006 as Sabri's successor.

Israel has arrested Sabri several times, latest in March 2021.[3]


In a 1999 interview regarding the political situation on the Temple Mount, Sabri stated, "If the Jews want peace, they will stay away from Al Aqsa. This is a decree from God. The Haram al-Sharif belongs to the Muslim. But we know the Jew is planning on destroying the Haram. The Jew will get the Christian to do his work for him. This is the way of the Jews. This is the way Satan manifests himself. The majority of the Jews want to destroy the mosque. They are preparing this as we speak."[4]

In a 2000 interview with the Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Sabri responded to a question about the Holocaust by stating, "Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. Let’s stop with this fairy tale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity. It is not my fault if Hitler hated Jews, indeed they were hated a little everywhere. Instead, it is necessary to denounce the unjust occupation endured by my people. Tomorrow I will ask John Paul II... to support our cause."[5]

On 20 February 2005, Sabri appeared on Saudi Arabian Al Majd TV to comment on the assassination of Rafic Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister. Sabri stated, "Anyone who studies The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and specifically the Talmud will discover that one of the goals of these Protocols is to cause confusion in the world and to undermine security throughout the world."[6]

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  1. ^ "Ekrima Sabri: The inclusive sheikh who was injured in the protests". 19 August 2017.
  2. ^ Yaniv Berman (17 October 2006). "Top Palestinian Muslim Cleric Okays Suicide Bombings". The Media Line. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  3. ^ Israel arrests Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher Sheikh Ekrima Sabri Archived 11 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine, Reem El-Sabaa, 10 Mar 2021, Ahram.online
  4. ^ Jeffrey Goldberg (3 October 1999). "Israel's Y2K Problem". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  5. ^ "[Pope] Wojtyla Free Us From the Jews - An Interview With the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem About the Pope's Visit". MEMRI. 29 March 2000. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  6. ^ Hypermedia seduction for terrorist recruiting. IOS Press. 2007. p. 5. ISBN 9781586037611.