J'lem mufti says he was fired for opposing Abbas

The mufti of Jerusalem, who was fired last week by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said over the weekend that he had been punished because for criticizing Israel and opposing Abbas's policies. Abbas's decision to dismiss the mufti, Sheikh Ikremah Sabri, came shortly after the latter said in a newspaper interview that "Israel did not want peace." Moreover, the decision came after Sabri criticized the international sanctions imposed on the Hamas government and attempts by some Palestinians to bring down the Hamas government.