Israel has prevented Palestinians from entering the Ibrahim Mosque in the West Bank city of al - Khalil(Hebron) to let illegal settlers living nearby celebrate the Jewish New Year.
Israeli authorities said the mosque will be closed to Muslims until Friday so that settlers can celebrate the new Jewish calendar year, or Rosh Hashanah, at a synagogue on the same site.
A Palestinian Authority official described the Israeli decision to shut down the Muslim section of the mosque as “a violation of the sacredness of the Ibrahim Mosque by the Israeli occupation and its settlers. ”
Israeli authorities have handed the Palestinian Authority a notice to expropriate another section of the mosque in order to annex it to the Jewish section. Human rights groups have called on the international community to stop Israel from what they call Judaization of the holy site. Meanwhile, Israeli troops fired stun grenades at Palestinian protesters inside al-Aqsa compound in al-Quds (Jerusalem) after Friday Prayers. They also arrested 15 Palestinians. An Israeli spokesman said one officer was injured in the scuffles. The al-Aqsa compound, which lies in Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint because of its significance to both Muslims and Jews. The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. It is Islam's third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. Jews are not allowed to pray inside the compound.