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April 19, 2012 12:00 am

Top Egyptian Cleric Makes Historic Visit to Jerusalem

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Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa.

Washington Post/AP – A top Egyptian Islamic cleric paid a rare visit to Jerusalem Wednesday, breaking with decades of opposition by Muslim leaders on traveling to areas under Israeli control.

The Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa wrote on his Twitter account that the symbolic visit was in solidarity with the Palestinians’ claim to east Jerusalem, under Israel’s control since it was captured in the 1967 Mideast war. He prayed in the Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, during his two-hour visit.

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