Palestinians rage at Israel's plan to shut down Ibrahim Mosque

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Israeli authorities will close the Ibrahim Mosque in Al Khalil Hebron in the occupied West Bank on the most important Muslim religious day in Ramadan. Israelis have informed Palestininas that they will prohibit all Muslims from entering the mosque during the most important night of the Muslim calendar 'Lailat al-Qadr' or 'The Night of Destiny'. This is the night that Muslims' Holy Book the Quran was revealed to the prophet Mohammad, which falls on the 27th day of fasting during the month of Ramadan and is a day in which Muslims throughout the occupied Palestinian territories spend the entire night worshipping in mosques. Palestinian activist Salah al-Khawaje has called for protest against Tel Aviv's decision. But why is Israel barring Muslims from the mosque? Well, that's because it wants to allow settlers to enter the Muslim religious site in a bid to celebrate the first day in the Jewish month Ayloul. Israel divided the mosque between Muslims and Jews following a massacre in 19-94 when Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein shot dead 29 Muslim Palestinian worshippers. The residents of Hebron al-Khalil suffer from violent and systematic attacks from the 500 extreme settlers living in the city, who are further protected by more than a thousand Israeli troops. Palestinians in al-Khali Hebron are no strangers to such Israeli policies. This year alone, the Israeli military has closed Ibrahim Mosque over 10 times so far to let illegal settlers to perform their Jewish rituals there. But, Palestinians are on the defensive this time planning to demonstrate the closure of Ibrahim Mosque on Lailat al-Qade.

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