The visit by Egypt's grand mufti to the Al Aksa mosque on Wednesday the Temple Mount was a dangerous act of normalization with Israel, a Hamas leader charged on Thursday.
"We reaffirm that this visit meant a recognition of the Occupation, meant the normalization of relations with the enemy, gave [Israel] ethical testimony, and meant supporting Israeli policies that go against the right of our people in the West Bank and the Gaza strip to pray [at Al Aksa]," wrote Moussa Abu Marzork, the deputy chairman of Hamas's political bureau.
"It meant giving a boost to the strength of the Israeli economy," Marzouk said in comments published on his Facebook page.
The Egyptian religious leader's visit to the mosque "sent a clear message over the Zionist claims to guarantee religious freedom," Marzouk charged. "The mufti's visit and prayers with those Jews who storm the gates of Jerusalem in order to pray in the courtyards of the Al-Aksa mosque is evidence of this purported religious freedom."
Egyptian Grand Mufti Dr. Ali Goumma caused outrage with the visit, which he called "unofficial" and denies was an act of normalization with Israel, and stood before the Islamic Research Academy on Thursday in Cairo to give his testimony regarding his trip to Jerusalem.