Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque to Palestinian worshippers, holds concert for Jewish settlers

A view of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron-Al-Khalil (Mamoun Wazwaz - Anadolu Agency)

Middle East Monitor  /  April 19, 2022

Illegal Israeli settlers held a concert at the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied Hebron/Al-Khalil yesterday to mark Passover, after occupation forces banned Palestinian worshippers from accessing the Muslim holy site.

The Palestinian Islamic Endowments in Hebron said the Ibrahimi Mosque would close at 10pm on Sunday and would remain closed for two days. This, it said, was a blatant encroachment on its sanctity and a provocative violation of Muslims’ right to access their place of worship.

For his part, the Director of the mosque, Ghassan al-Rajabi, condemned the move, considering it a continuation of the “Zionist authorities’ attempts to dominate and occupy the mosque.”

In 1994, the Israeli occupation authorities divided Ibrahimi Mosque between Muslims and Jews following the massacre committed by a Jewish settler which left 29 Palestinian worshippers dead and over 150 injured.