Israel prohibited the Muslim call to prayer 298 times in the first half of this year at a historical mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), Anadolu reports.
Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister Yousef Adais said Tuesday in a written statement:
He said Israel was strengthening its presence at the mosque and closed it for two consecutive days using Jewish festivals as an excuse.
He also touched on violations committed by Jewish settlers, saying:
In June, dozens of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli police forced their way into the mosque, where they performed Talmudic rituals and held a music concert attended by senior Jewish rabbis and Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Arad.
Adais added that Israel was also interrupting restoration work at the mosque and its courtyard.
The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in Hebron’s Old City district, which is home to some 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 500 Jewish settlers, with the latter living in a series of Jewish-only enclaves heavily guarded by Israeli troops.
In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American Jewish settler, gunned down 29 Palestinian Muslims as they prayed at the mosque before being killed himself.
Since then, the mosque � believed to have been built on the tomb of Prophet Ibrahim � has been divided into a Muslim section (45 percent) and a Jewish section (55 percent).
Source: Palestine Chronicle