Israel Prevents Calls for Prayer 52 Times in Hebron in July

12:00 Aug 3 2011 Hebron (Al-Khalil)

HEBRON, August 3, 2011 (WAFA) - The Israeli authorities prevented Muslim calls for prayer 52 times during July in the Ibrahimi mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to a Palestinian official.

Zaid Al-Jabari, director of the Muslim Waqf in Hebron, told WAFA that the Israeli occupation authorities did not allow the call for prayers, which is done five times a day, from the Ibrahimi mosque minaret on claims that it annoys the Israeli settlers who live in the area.

Jabari denounced what he described as “arbitrary measures that affect houses of worship,” considering them “an encroachment on religion and freedom of worship guaranteed by international law.”

He affirmed that the Ibrahimi mosque is a Palestinian Islamic site which Israeli authorities are not allowed to control.
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