Israeli Border Police at the Cave of the Patriarchs 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Two Palestinians were detained for the theft of a mezuza from the Cave of the
Patriarchs in Hebron on Friday.
Border Police are still looking for more
The two men were picked up because they were near the cave at
the time of the theft. According to the Border Police, they were also seen on a
security video of the site.
Friday’s incident follows one that occurred
two weeks ago in which three mezuzot were stolen.
Last Friday, a book of
psalms left at the site was ripped up, according to Hebron Jewish community
spokesman David Wilder.
Palestinians have access to the site every Friday
during Ramadan in order to facilitate prayer at Ibrahimi Mosque, which is
located in the same structure.
Palestinians were scheduled to have access
to the site three more times this week as Ramadan ends, including Sunday
The Hebron Jewish community and MK Orit Struck (Bayit Yehudi) have
asked the IDF not to allow the Palestinians access to the site this
According to Wilder, the army has approved a ban of Palestinians
between the ages of 17 and 32 from entering the mosque on Sunday night. He added
that the IDF was weighing additional measures.
The IDF could not confirm
Wilder’s statement by press time.