The Israeli occupation authorities in the West Bank prevented the call to prayer (Adhan) being made at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron 47 times during the holy month of Ramadan. The reason given for this curtailment of religious freedom was that the call “disturbed” illegal Israeli settlers in the city.
The Director of Hebron’s Religious Endowments, Zayed Al Jaabary, said that Israeli soldiers deployed inside the mosque stopped the Adhan and engaged in arbitrary acts that violated the sanctity of the building and the freedom of the Palestinian Muslims to worship there. Both are contrary to international laws and conventions.
According to Mr Al Jaabary, this policy is intended to gain Israel even more control over the Ibrahimi Sanctuary. “The Ibrahimi Mosque is purely Muslim and Palestinian,” he added. “Jews don’t have the right to intervene in the affairs of the mosque.”