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Israel preventing maintenance of the Ibrahimi Mosque

Al-Tamimi: UN must uphold responsibilities and implement UNESCO resolutions protecting the mosque

Interior of the Ibrahimi Mosque (Photo Credit: Hesham Sarsour)

Jerusalem24 – Israeli forces today prevented the Hebron Reconstruction Committee from completing the repairs, electrical maintenance and other works at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The director of the Ibrahimi Mosque and its chief custodian, Sheikh Hefzy Abu Sneina, told the official Palestinian News Agency that Israeli forces prevented the staff of the Reconstruction Committee from completing the restoration work in the Haram.

Abu Sneina said that the work includes, “electrical and other maintenance works, making repairs on its roof and painting its walls, cleaning its stones and historical Islamic inscriptions, and other technical work.”

He pointed out that working inside the Ibrahimi Mosque is the prerogative of the Ministry of Islamic Endowments and Religious Affairs in coordination with the Hebron Reconstruction Committee.

He also indicated that these arbitrary measures come within the framework of the attempts of the occupation

and its settlers to impose their control on the mosque which Israel continues dig and excavate antiquities in its external squares.

Al-Ibrahimi Mosque (Photo Credit: Hesham Sarsour)

The call to prayer on the mosques external minarets is prohibited several times each month, and worshippers and employees are searched. Their daily entrance to the religious site obstructed with several checkpoints.

Ahmed Al-Tamimi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee called on the United Nations to uphold its responsibilities and implement the UNESCO’s resolution that placed the mosque as a world heritage site.

The United Nations Education, Science, Cultural Organization passed a resolution in July of 2017 not only placed the mosque on its world heritage list and affirmed Palestinian connection it, but also considered it in danger.

Obliging international parties to confront any Israeli practices that can change the identity of the site.

Mohammad Hamayel

Ramallah based journalist, Mohammad graduated from Al-Quds University with a B.A. in Media and Television. He has covered the 2015 Jerusalem Intifada as well as the Great March of Return for international media outlets. currently an editor/presenter at Jerusalem24. A UN alumni and a follower of global events and politics, especially American affairs.

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