Israeli president’s “invasion of” the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a “declaration of war,” says PA governor
PA TV’s caption: “President of the occupation state Isaac Herzog invaded the Ibrahimi Mosque.”
Hebron District Governor Jabrin Al-Bakri: “This day is a declaration of war by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian people and the Muslims through the invasion of the noble Ibrahimi Mosque (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs).”
Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited the Cave of the Patriarchs on Nov. 28, 2021, and lit a Hanukkah candelabra to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights. But according to PA ideology the president “invaded the Ibrahimi Mosque.”
Ibrahimi Mosque - The "Cave of the Patriarchs" in Hebron is known to Muslims as the "Ibrahimi Mosque." It is the site where the Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs other than Rachel are buried as related by the Bible; its structure housing the cave was built by King Herod roughly 2,000 years ago during the Second Temple period. After Hebron was occupied by Muslim Caliph Umar in 637 CE, the site was converted into a mosque. Islam co-opted the Jewish tradition regarding the site being the burial place of the patriarchs and matriarchs, and therefore called it the "Ibrahimi Mosque" after Abraham.
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