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Israel bans call to prayer in Ibrahimi Mosque 47 times in November

Dec. 2, 2018 1:36 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 1:35 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities banned Palestinian mosque employees from playing the Muslim call to prayer through the speakers of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron 47 times in November, the Minister of Endowment, Youssef Ideis, said on Sunday.

Ideis said that the restrictions are attempts by the Israeli occupation to give the impression that the mosque is Jewish property.

He added that Israeli authorities banned the call to prayer from being played through the mosque’s speakers 47 times in November.

Ideis stressed, “Israel has been using various means to harm the Ibrahimi Mosque and its worshipers in order to tighten their grip on the mosque as they have done with other mosques in Hebron’s Old City.”

He also called on the international community to immediately intervene and provide protection to the holy sites, including the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The Ibrahimi Mosque, believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is located in central Hebron, a frequent site of tensions due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City.

A 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control.

The Israeli military-controlled H2 zone includes the ancient Old City, home of the revered Ibrahimi Mosque -- also split into a synagogue referred to by Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs -- and the once thriving Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

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