Israel to close Ibrahimi Mosque under pretext of Jewish holidays

Israeli Occupation Authorities announced Wednesday that they will be closing the Ibrahimi Mosque for 24 hours, under the pretext of the Jewish holidays.

The Israeli occupation authorities gave us a statement saying they will close the compound starting tonight at 10:00 pm until Thursday at the same time, under the pretext of Jewish holidays, said Director of the Ibrahimi Mosque Hifthi Abu Sneineh.

He added that the occupation authorities deliberately close the mosque for Muslim worshipers entirely during the Jewish holidays, under the decisions of the Shamgar Israeli Committee”, which was formed after the massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque in 1994, and resulted in the decisions of the Mosque’s temporal and spatial division.

Abu Sneineh explained that the last closure of the Mosque this year was on April 12-13, and that the date with another closure for five days during next September, under the pretext of Jewish holidays.

The closure means that the Muslim worshipers will not be allowed to enter the Mosque to pray, the Adhan (call to prayers) will not be raised. Meanwhile, groups of Israeli settlers are expected to enter the Mosque to celebrate their holidays.

Source: International Islamic News Agency