Israeli Occupation Authorities Are Establishing a Stone Checkpoint at the Entrance of Ibrahimi Mosque
Israeli Occupation Forces are installing a stone checkpoint at the entrance of the Ibrahimi mosque to restrict Palestinians from entering it to visit and pray. As Hebron Rehabilitation Committee’s General Manager, Imad Hamdan, illustrated the new checkpoint will be made of stone in a permanent-style in front of the historic holy site, which will affect the fabric of the building and the community. This development came from the Israeli Shamghar committee which also recommended the division of the mosque into two parts following the massacre of Palestinians in the Ibrahimi mosque in 1994. Subsequent to the division of the mosque, the holy site fell under tight control by Israeli security and surveillance. These developments were catastrophic to Palestinians and to the old city, as it is a religiously, historically and culturally significant. It is the Palestinian Authority’s responsibility to defend, maintain and combat Israeli policies aimed at colonizing the Ibrahimi mosque and Palestinian lands.
On the morning of March 24, 2016, two Palestinians, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif and Ramzi Qasrawi, 21 years old, were killed near a checkpoint in the Tel Rumeida area of the Old City of Hebron. They were shot at least 10 times.
Israelis are Discovered Digging Under Al Ibrahimi Mosque
On the morning of March 3, 2016, it was discovered that the Israeli occupiers have been digging in the cave, approximately 16m below the floor, of Al Ibrahimi mosque. The Israelis have dug into a holy cave containing the graves of messengers without a valid reason and in secret. Their deceptive endeavor is a serious assault on the holy site and a danger to its contents.
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