Israeli authorities on Monday closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Muslim worshipers and opened it to Jewish settlers.
Ghassan Al-Rajabi, director of the Ibrahimi Mosque, told Anadolu Agency, “The Israeli authorities informed the Directorate of Endowments of Hebron to close the Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslims, on Monday and Tuesday, and open it to settlers to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover.”
Al-Rajbi added that Israel ordered the opening of mosques in all its corridors for Jewish settlers to carry out their religious rituals.
“Israel continues its crimes against the sanctity of Islam with blatant violations against it,” Al-Rajbi said.
He considered that “the Ibrahimi mosque is purely for Muslims and the Jews have no right to it.”
Jews celebrate Passover, which starts on Friday night until next Thursday.
After the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers inside a mosque by extremist Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein, Israeli authorities divided the mosque compound between Muslim and Jewish worshipers.
The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in the old city of Hebron, which is under Israeli control, and is home to about 400 settlers, guarded by about 1,500 Israeli soldiers.
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