31 August 2013
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military order CPT and EAPPI to leave Ibrahimi Mosque vicinity
|Palestinians Praying at Ibrahimi mosque |
while CPTers monitor
|photo by Tammie Danielsen, former EA|
On Friday the 30 August, Israeli border police aggressively ordered CPT’s Hebron team and their partner organisation EAPPI (Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel) to leave the area of the Ibrahim mosque.
In recent months, Israeli forces have repeatedly ordered both CPT and EAPPI have to remove anything that identifies them as working for an international organisation, within a small strip of road adjacent to the Ibrahim Mosque. Although this edict is an apparent order from commanding officers, CPTers on the ground have not seen it in writing despite having asked many times. Border Police (link) have enforced the order randomly depending on the individual Border guard and who the commanding officers are at the time.
On Friday, the Israeli forces took a new and more aggressive stance, ordering CPT and EAPPI to completely leave the vicinity of the Ibrahimi Mosque/Cave of Machpelah whilst the two groups were conducting their weekly monitoring of soldiers and settlers present as Palestinian Muslims attend Friday prayers.
Israeli Border guards confronted CPT and EAPPI about twenty minutes after they arrived at the mosque. One of them barked, "You will leave! Either you go on your own, or we will force you!"