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Israel ban Friday call to prayer at West Bank mosque

Israel ban Friday call to prayer at West Bank mosque
From Al Jazeera - April 7, 2018

Israel on Friday prohibited the Azan, the Muslim call to prayer, at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron, also known as Al-Khalil, according to Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister Yousef Adais.

In a press statement, Adais described the move as a dangerous precedent and a cowardly breach of the freedom of worship.

Continued Israeli violations against the mosque clearly show that the occupation authorities, along with the settlers, are trying to exert total control over the areas Muslim holy sites, the minister asserted.

Mosque divided

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).

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