The Ibrahimi mosque/Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron/Khalil has been a flash point for decades. It was split into Muslim and Jewish sides after Israeli settler Dr. Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinian worshipers in 1994. From Ma’an News Agency, Aug. 28 (via Kibush):
Israeli settlers break into Muslim side of Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron
Hebron – Israeli settlers broke into the Al Is`haqiyyah area of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron on Sunday night.
Eleven Israeli settlers broke through the main gate of the Ibrahimi Mosque in spite of attempts by the mosque`s guards to prevent them entering.
They entered the Al Is`haqiyyah area, which is in the Muslim side of the sanctuary but is open to Jews on a few days of the year only. Yesterday was not a special day for Jewish worshippers.
The secretary general of Hebron`s Islamic Council, Sheikh Tayseer Abu Sneneh, told Ma`an that he condemns this attack and `all the assaults committed by the Israeli settlers, which the latest attack was three days ago when they stole one of the very old and ancient windows of the mosque`.
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