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Muslims banned from Ibrahimi mosque during Jewish holidays

Oct. 6, 2008 4:43 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 6, 2008 4:43 P.M.)
Hebron - Ma'an - Palestinians were barred for entering the Ibrahimi mosque, or Tomb of the Patriarchs, as the Israeli army shut down the building for all but Israeli Jewish visitors in preparation for the Yom Kippur feasts, which begin on Wednesday.

Head of the council that runs the mosque, which is divided in two for Hebron's Palestinian and Israeli settler populations, said that Israeli forces banned Muslims from access to the area.

He said that the mosque side of the building would be closed until Thursday, following the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur.

It appears the order to have the mosque closed was issued by the Israeli Shimghar committee established by the Israeli government after the 1994 incident when an American-Israeli settler opened fire on the mixed congregation in the then undivided building.

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