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The location where the silver Mezuzah hung before being stolen by Muslims at Maarat HaMachpela / Photo Credit: Maarat HaMachpela
The location where the silver Mezuzah hung before being stolen by Muslims at Maarat HaMachpela /
Photo Credit: Maarat HaMachpela

On Friday, June 24, during the Muslim prayer time at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, Muslims stole the beautiful and ornate silver Mezuzah that was attached to the entrance to the building.

In addition, they broke into the storeroom and stole saplings worth thousands of shekels.

As it was part of the Ramadan holiday, Israeli police were not stationed on site, and “protection” of the site was under control of the Waqf.

In 1929, following the massacre of the Jewish community of Hebron by their Arab neighbors, and similarly after 1948 in the Old City of Jerusalem, Arab Muslims ripped out the Mezuzahs from the doorposts of the Jewish-owned homes, but in many cases, you can still see where the Mezuzahs used to be located.

The Jewish community of Hebron is demanding that the exclusive Muslim days at the tomb be cancelled until the Mezuzah is returned.

The silver Mezuzah once attached to the entrance at Maarat HaMachpela.
The silver Mezuzah once attached to the entrance at Maarat HaMachpela.

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