CONDEMNATION OF DECISION BY ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO INCLUDE IBRAHIMI AND BILAL BIN RABAH MOSQUES AS ISRAELI ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES
The Al-Quds Foundation SA, The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) and the Media Review Network (MRN) strongly condemn the decision of the Israeli Government to include the Ibrahimi mosque in Al Khalil (Hebron) as well as the Bilal BIn Rabah mosque in Bait Laham (Bethlehem) on the list of Israeli archeological sites. This decision is an extremely outrageous one and is yet another indication of Israel’s deliberate disregard for religious and heritage sites of the Palestinian people.
Let us be reminded that this decision coincides with the 16th anniversary of the massacre that occurred at the Ibrahimi mosque on the 25th February 1994, where an American, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler, opened fire at worshippers during prayer, killing 29 and injuring hundreds. Subsequent to this incident an agreement was made in 1995 that granted the waqf (a traditional trust holding land for Islamic religious purposes) control of 81% of the site that holds the Ibrahimi mosque. Therefore it is quite baffling how the Israeli government can suddenly alter this decision by making unilateral decisions regarding these Holy sites.
The silence of the International community and regulatory authorities is deafening in the wake of yet another of Israel’s flagrant crimes against the Palestinian people. It is time for justice to prevail and for those in authority who are responsible for the protection of the rights of all people, to carry out that which they were entrusted with.
For Al-Quds Foundation SA
Moulana Ihsaan Hendricks
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For Muslim Judicial Council
Sheikh Achmat Sedick
First Deputy President
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For Media Review Network
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This piece is taken from the website of the Muslim Judicial Council South Africa.