World Bulletin/News Desk
The Israeli authorities will close the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron to Muslims on Tuesday for the Jewish Days of Repentance holiday, the Palestinian Awqaf authority said Sunday.
"The Israeli authorities notified us that the Ibrahimi Mosque would be open to Jews and closed to Muslims on Tuesday," the Awqaf authority of Hebron said in a statement.
The Israeli decision is "blatant violation to the right to freedom of worship and desecration of the [Islamic] sanctities," the release added.
Revered by both Muslims and Jews, Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque complex – known to Jews as the "Cave of the Patriarchs" – is believed to contain the graves of the prophets Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Since the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers inside the mosque by Jewish extremist settler Baruch Goldstein, Israeli authorities have kept Muslim and Jewish worshippers segregated.
Hebron is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and some 400 Jewish settlers. The latter live in a number of Jewish-only enclaves heavily guarded by Israeli troops.Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2014, 14:09