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PA: Israel bans Hebron call to prayer 60 times in April
Published Sunday 04/05/2014 (updated) 06/05/2014 12:51
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HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israel has forbidden the Muslim call for prayer through loudspeakers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 60 times in April because it bothers Jewish settlers, the Palestinian ministry of endowment said.

In a statement Sunday, the ministry’s Hebron office highlighted that it was not the first time the call to prayer, or adhan, was prohibited at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

“As usual, Israeli occupation authorities forbade adhan at minarets of the Ibrahimi Mosque during the month of April under the pretext that it annoys settlers who visit the Jewish part of the mosque during Jewish holidays.”

The Israelis, added the statement, ignored the feelings of Muslims and ignored as well all international laws and conventions which guarantee freedom of access to worship places.

Hebron is a frequent site of clashes due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City, many of whom have illegally occupied Palestinian houses and forcibly removed the original inhabitants. They are protected by thousands of Israeli forces.

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 Tomb 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 ) Henry Tobias / Israel
04/05/2014 20:33
You forgot to mention that the Palestinian Authority bans the imams from using loudspeakers in all Palestinian towns and villages.

2 ) Arnold / France
04/05/2014 21:09
Israel is quite right to forbid the Muslim call for prayer through loudspeakers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

3 ) Mel / USA
05/05/2014 16:59
#1:The PA is a Zionist proxy! It protects Israel's JEWISH interests in West Bank,as long as it stays a 'good lil' Arab'&lets the Zionist hegemony continue over Arab Islam & Christianity. Sit! Beg! Take the bone! Roll over! Shut up!Good doggie! Italian fascists stopped the Cathedral bells ringing too,because secular Protestant Nazi's didn't like it! Deja Vu!

4 ) Rami / Palestine
07/05/2014 14:11
#1 Lies. Do you even live in a Palestinian village? I do. I hear the call to prayers on the loud speakers every day. No one is stopping the Imams on the Palestinian side. Nice attempt though. You atleast get a cookie for your effort. Next try to convince us that the Palestinians price tag themselves while you're at it.
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