Occupied Jerusalem, ALRAY - Israeli occupation President Isaac Herzog is set to take part in the lightning of the first candle of the Hanukah ceremony at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
The Israeli occupation authorities have shut the Ibrahimi Mosque in front of the Palestinians, so as to make way for the Israelis to break into it to celebrate Hanukkah festival, which begins on Sunday and lasts for about eight days.
Israeli left-wing organizations, including Peace Now and Breaking the Silence, will organize a rally near the Ibrahimi Mosque at the time of the incursion to show protest against the visit of the Israeli president Herzog into the mosque.
The organizations said that the visit by Herzog to the mosque legitimizes the apartheid regime and non-stop violence by settlers, describing the decision as wrong.
In the same context, the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas said that President Isaac Herzog’s plan to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday at the Ibrahimi Mosque is a provocation of the Palestinians’ feelings and flagrant violation of the mosque’s sanctuary.
“We call on the masses of our people in the occupied West Bank and our people in the city of Hebron to confront this provocative step and to confront the attack on the Ibrahimi Mosque,” Hamas said.
It also warned of the repercussions over Herzog’s visit to the mosque, saying “the Israeli occupation must bear full responsibility to the repercussions of this assault.”