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Israel to deny Muslim worshipers entry to Ibrahimi Mosque for Passover
Published Monday 14/04/2014 (updated) 14/04/2014 22:10
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces will deny Muslim worshipers access to Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque during Passover on Wednesday and Thursday, a Palestinian official said.

Sheikh Taysir Abu Sheinah, the director of the Hebron office of the Palestinian ministry of endowment, told Ma'an that the decision was a "breach of freedom of religion and a continuation of the (Israeli) occupation's policy to Judaize the Ibrahimi Mosque."

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the closure, saying that the holy site is regularly closed to Muslims on Jewish holidays "and on Muslim holidays it is closed for Jews."

"It's nothing unusual," she said.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to as the Cave of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Isnt Ibrahim the / father
14/04/2014 14:54
of the JEWS/\?

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/04/2014 15:03
The other side, of course, is that the Palestinians want to both ban Jews totally and destroy all Jewish sites in Palestine. They have carried out a concerted propaganda campaign to try to rewrite history and change reality. Palestine has convinced the world that there is no such thing as universal human rights, that terrorism is not only legal, but killing innocent civilians is their right. It's enough to make you scratch your head and wonder if Al Qaeda was part of Arafat's master plan.

3 ) Mel / USA
14/04/2014 15:58
"...nothing unusual"? That depends on how one defines'usual'?For sociopaths'usual' is destroyingothers lives w/out remorse.For a"Jewish War Machine"(HebrewUni.Rector Judah Magnus'48)raiding villages like Deir Yassin,massacring hundreds of non-combative,unarmed Palestinian civilians is'usual'(increasingly so up to today).Slaughtering 1,400 civilians in Gaza in '08/9,with tank/air missiles is'usual'for Israel.Just as marching MILLIONS of unarmed non-Aryans became'usual'for Nazism!Usual-ABNORMAL!

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
14/04/2014 20:42
Israel, of course, is an exemplar of human rights and respect for all religions. So our resident Zionists keep insisting.

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
15/04/2014 08:47
'Israel to deny Muslim worshipers entry to Ibrahimi Mosque for Passover.' So...does that mean that if the Israelis had no Muslims to rule over, they couldn't celebrate Passover?
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