PALESTINE – Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed the so-called Cave of the Patriarchs, known to Muslims as the Sanctuary of Ibrahim, in the Palestinian city of Al-Khalil (also known as Hebron) and attempted to turn the Sanctuary and adjoined mosque into a synagogue, Palestinian media reported on Tuesday night.
The illegal settlers at the Ibrahimi Mosque performed their prayers amidst dances and Talmudic rituals as they celebrated the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
The incursion was carried out with the help of the occupation forces of the Zionist army, which forcibly expelled the employees of the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the State of Palestine, and prevented Palestinians from entering.
Israeli soldiers turned the perimeter of the Ibrahimi Mosque into a military zone, closed all entrances and blocked the movement of citizens and residents in the area.
The Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of Palestine has called on the international community to stop the invasion, which comes as the latest in a long line of Zionist desecration of Islamic and Christian holy sites.
The Cave of the Patriarchs is believed to the burial site of the Prophet Ibrahim, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. Al-Khalil is located in officially recognized territory of Palestine, which Zionist settlers and soldiers are officially banned from entering.
However, the increasingly aggressive Zionist regime has been attacking and colonising the West Bank over the past decades, threatening a total occupation of the remnants of sovereign Palestine.
In 1994, the Sanctuary of Ibrahim was the site of a bloody massacre, when a Zionist extremist murdered 29 peaceful Islamic pilgrims. The terrorist, an American-“Israeli” named Baruch Goldstein, was beaten to death by survivors, but his burial ground has since become a site of veneration by Zionist extremists.