Some 100 Israeli troops today broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs slammed the military intrusion into the site as “a very serious indication of the Israeli occupation authorities’ intention to impose total control over the site and turn it into a synagogue.”
Twenty six years ago, Zionist settler Baruch Goldstein broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque and opened fire at Palestinian Muslim worshippers, killing 29. Four Palestinians were killed on the same day in the clashes that broke out around the Mosque in response to the massacre.
An estimated 800 notoriously aggressive Zionist settlers live under the protection of thousands of gunmen in Hebron’s city center.
The city is home to over 30,000 Palestinians.
Such Israeli measures, taken under the guise of security, are intended to entrench Israel’s 54-year-old military occupation of the West Bank and its settler colonial project which it enforces with routine and frequently deadly violence against Palestinians.