Palestinian MP condemns Israel’s theft of part of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque

Jewish worshippers visit the the Al-Ibrahimi mosque, known to Jewish worshippers as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site holy to both faiths, in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 24, 2010. [JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images]
Jewish worshippers visit the the Al-Ibrahimi mosque, known to them as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site holy to both faiths, in the West Bank town of Hebron on February 24, 2010

Chairman of Jerusalem’s Committee in the Palestinian Legislative Council, MP Ahmed Abu Halabiyeh, yesterday condemned Israel’s expropriation of part of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, Quds Press reported.

“Stripping [Palestinian Authority]’s municipality of Hebron from its supervision over Al-Ibrahimi Mosque and handing it over to the Settlement Planning Council is a new crime of judaisation,” the MP said in a statement.

He stated that this measure aims to expropriate the lands of the mosque to build new Jewish settlement projects.

The Palestinian MP considered this Israeli “violation” a “clear challenge for Muslims’ feelings”, noting that this is a “violation of the Muslims’ right to ownership of Al-Ibrahim and the other endowments around it.”

To undermine the Israeli endeavours, he called on Palestinians to increase their visits to the mosque and the time they spend there.

Last week, an Israeli court threw out a petition filed by Hebron Municipality requesting it cancel previous permission it had granted for the Settlement Planning Council to install an elevator inside Al-Ibrahimi Mosque.

READ: Israel stops call to Muslim prayer at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque

(Source / 10.08.2020)

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