Jerusalem24– Earlier this week, Israeli authorities demolished some stairs at the Abrahamic Mosque in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. The Israelis say they want to install an elevator at the holy site, and have slated a surface area of 400 square meters for its construction.
The move sparked outrage in the city of Hebron, which called for a protest later that day to march towards the mosque and perform the evening prayers there. However, the march was intercepted by the Israeli military, who assaulted journalists and arrested a young man after beating him.
They also closed all roads leading to the mosque.
In July 2017, the United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to include the Abrahamic Mosque in addition to the old city of Hebron on its World Heritage List.
Israel claims the elevator will help the disabled enter the holy site. Imad Hamdan, General Director for the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) told Jerusalem24, “we offered them alternatives to the elevator, and they refused.”
The HRC works to maintain, repair, and reconstruct buildings in the old city of Hebron, including the Abrahamic Mosque. However their work has often faced obstacles, and at times they have even been prevented from working.
In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Imad Hamdan, the General Director of the HRC, explains the most recent developments in the Abrahamic Mosque.