Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Israel installs new surveillance room on main entrance of Ibrahimi mosque

The Israeli army installed, on Monday, a new surveillance room at the main entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the center of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Head of the Islamic Waqf Department in Hebron, Ibrahim Abu Sneina, said Israel continues to impose further restrictions on the Muslim worshipers and visitors, adding that the new room and equipment are another harassment.

Abu Sneina added that Israel continues its plans to turn the Mosque into a synagogue, to be only used by Jewish worshipers, in direct violation of international agreements, and the Freedom of Worship.

He said his department filed an appeal to the Israeli side demanding the removal of this room, and the removal of all restrictions imposed by the army leading to limiting, and in many cases, preventing the entry of Muslim worshipers into the mosque.

It is worth mentioning that Israel frequently prevents Muslim worshipers from entering the mosque, and repeatedly prevents the sheiks from using speakers to call for prayers.

The Ibrahimi Mosque, also referred to as the “Cave of the Patriarchs," is the site of a brutal massacre carried out by American-born Israeli Baruch Goldstein, on February 25, 1994, during which unarmed Palestinian Muslims praying inside the mosque were shot in cold blood by Goldstein. more


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