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Israeli president’s Hebron visit lit “a fire that will not go out,” threatens Abbas’ advisor, saying the visit symbolises "barbaric racism… occupation, settlement, colonialism, and barbaric aggression"

Headline: “Herzog breaks into the Ibrahimi Mosque and the occupation suppresses a protest vigil”





“Supreme Shari’ah Judge of Palestine and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas’] Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash said that [Israeli President Isaac] Herzog’s break-into the Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs, where Herzog lit a Hanukkah menorah) is explicit aggression against Islam and the Muslims,and a blow to the sensibilities of millions of Muslims worldwide.


In a statement, Al-Habbash said that this day is an additional black day among the black days of the occupation and its barbaric racism. He added that Herzog’s break-in to the Ibrahimi Mosque proves that the colonialist mentality that dictates the Israeli policy is no different in the so-called Israeli left from that in the right, as they all believe in the same thing: occupation, settlement, colonialism, and barbaric aggression.


The supreme Shari’ah judge emphasized that Herzog is following the footsteps of [former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon and lighting a fire that will not go out, as both of them have the same mentality and the same occupying and hostile barbarity against Islam and the Muslims, against Palestine and the Palestinians, and even against freedom and all of humanity.


Al-Habbash added that the Ibrahimi Mosque, like the Al-Aqsa Mosque and all the holy sites throughout historical Palestine, is an exclusive right of the Palestinians.





Mahmoud Al-Habbash also serves as Chairman of the Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice. In August 2019 PA Chairman Abbas dismissed all his advisors by Presidential decree. It is unclear what their status is today.