Jordan bans entry of Islamic leader
The Jordanian authorities on Sunday turned back the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Raed Salah, who wanted to travel to Amman to attend an event on Jerusalem at the invitation of the Jordan Engineers Association (JEA), a JEA spokesman said.
"The security authorities at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge crossing point refused to allow Salah to enter Jordan without giving reasons," the head of the JEA Freedoms Committee, Maisara Malas, said in remarks to reporters.
He pointed out that Salah was scheduled to speak at a rally Sunday evening as part of the Jerusalem Week entitled "Jerusalem is Ours," which is held under JEA auspices.
Malas said that the event was designed to "divulge to the world the dangers threatening East Jerusalem as a result of the Israeli excavations in the vicinity of the al-Aqsa Mosque," Islam's third holiest shrine.
Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War.
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