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PHROC Warns that the IOF Aims to Impose Further Control of the Ibrahimi Mosque through the Building of Permanent Checkpoint Structures
The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council
01، Sept 2016

ibrahimi-masjidThe Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council warns that the Israeli Occupation Forces aims to impose further control over the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, West Bank, by changing the campus of the Mosque under the pretext of security.    

The Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) is a major Palestinian historical, architectural, and archaeological site. The Hebron Rehabilitation Committee has helped preserve the site since 1996. Moreover, the old town of Hebron, including the Ibrahimi Mosque, is registered on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage sites in Palestine.

Beginning in July, the Israeli Occupation Forces started building stone rooms in front of the northern gate of the Mosque to replace the “temporary” checkpoints, with the intent of imposing a permanent status quo. This preliminary step towards taking control of the Mosque, comes along with several other procedures that aim to impede the movement of Palestinians in the old town of Hebron, and will lead to the further isolation of the old town from the rest of Hebron.

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) warns that through the construction of a permanent checkpoint, Israel aims to take further control of the Ibrahimi Mosque. PHROC denounces the severe limitations on Palestinians’ rights to freedom movement and worship, and calls upon the international community and international organizations to take action to stop Israel’s policy of creating “facts on the ground” through the creation of permanent structures in the OPT that further its control over Palestinian land.


Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council 

Adameer Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association
Sahar Francis
General Director

Aldameer Association for Human Rights
Samer Mousa


Shawan Jabarin
General Director

Mezan Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Issam Younis
General Director

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Nidal Azza
General Director


Defence for Children International
Palestine Section
Khaled Kuzmar
General Director


Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy
Hasieb Nashashibi
General Director


Hurryyat - Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights
Helmi Al-araj
General Director


Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights
Issam Aruri
General Director


Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
Suhaib Sharif
General Director

wclac2 Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling
Randa Sanyora
General Director

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Raja Sourani - General Director