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I have the honour to transmit hereunder text of the cable addressed to you from His Excellency Zeid Rifai, Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, concerning the serious Israeli measures taken against the sanctity and physical integrity of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron:
"I have the honour to bring to your attention the serious and flagrant violations perpetrated by the Israeli occupation authorities against the religious sanctity and physical integrity of one of the holiest and most prominent Islamic religious shrines the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. While the increasing Israeli encroachment upon the mosque over the years have been brought to Your Excellency's attention and to the United Nations on several earlier occasions, the recent Israeli measures have reached an extreme and explosive level. The acts of desecration of the mosque have increased and intensified. Muslims have been obstructed in their prayers in this ancient muslim mosque. The public call for prayers, which is essential at prayertime in the Islamic religion, has been banned; prayer for the dead in the mosque, which is also essential in the religious tradition, has been banned by the occupation authorities. The furnishings and interior belongings of the mosque have been taken away. Desks and chairs and racks of Jewish books have been introduced inside it. Jewish feasts and wedding ceremonies, involving noisy drinking and dancing, have been held in the mosque. Religious teachers and personnel of the mosque have been subjected to beating, insults and often detention by the authorities. The historical eastern staircase has been demolished. Finally, a week ago the Israeli Minister of Defence has ordered the division of the whole mosque area, assigning the larger part, which includes most of the Islamic historical and holy features, as the Jewish part. Muslims whose ancestors had built the mosque and worshipped in it for centuries have been restricted to one entrance.
I request Your Excellency to take all measures within your power to help correct this dangerous anomalous situation and also to have this message circulated as a document of the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Commission on Human Rights."
I have the honour to request that the present letter be issued as a document of the General Assembly, under item 53 of the provisional agenda, and of the Security Council and brought to the attention of the Commission on Human Rights.
Charge d'Affaires, a.i.