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Hamas sheikh banned from delivering sermons
Published Monday 16/08/2010 (updated) 17/08/2010 16:53
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NABLUS (Ma'an) -- A Hamas-affiliated lawmaker and Muslim religious leader says the Palestinian Authority has banned him from delivering Friday sermons in the West Bank.

Hamid Al-Beitwa, who has delivered sermons at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem, told Ma'an the decision came from the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs.

Sheikh Al-Beitwa described the move as "an attempt to devalue the real role of mosques," and confusing given his 40 years of experience, 10 as the main preacher at Al-Aqsa.

The ministry's Nablus office director Salim Al-Ashqar defended the ban, saying the decision was part of an overall agreement within the ministry to ensure preachers abide by the its instructions. "I informed Sheikh Beitawi of the decision in a very friendly way. He is a lawmaker and he does not deliver Friday sermons anyway," Al-Ashqar said.
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1 ) Khader / Palestine
16/08/2010 20:10
He can go to preach among his brothers in Afghanistan. For Palestine we need reconciliation not sectarism.

2 ) Ahmed / Palestine
17/08/2010 01:06
@ 1 We also need islam, not secularism.

3 ) M.K / Sweden
17/08/2010 03:35
@ 2) Agreed. Long live the islamic resistance!

4 ) Khader / Palestine
17/08/2010 07:43
I have nothing against Islam. But you can practice it yourself and since it must be your relationship with god. We dont need anyone to try to impose in our society anything, the same way the Zionists have been trying to impose their beliefs.
And about the so called "Islamic resistance", please go and learn where was it originated. The Islamic Brotherhood with the British Intelligence, the Talibans with the CIA and Hamas with Israel.

5 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL/USA
17/08/2010 12:53
Let's not confuse a Relgious Sermon with Incitement to riot

The problem sees to be that too many Imam's are doing the latter instead of the former
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