Hamas official Ismail Redwan stated the following:
Israeli occupation president Isaac Herzog's intent to light the first candle for the so-called "Hanukkah" at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron next Sunday is a provocation of the Palestinians' feelings and a blatant desecration of the sanctity of the mosque.
The Israeli occupation must bear full responsibility to the repercussions of this assault.
We call on Palestinian citizens of the West Bank and residents of Hebron to ward off this provocative move and confront the Israeli occupation aggression on the Ibrahimi Mosque.
We also urge Palestinian citizens of Jerusalem and the 1948 occupied lands to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque against Israeli attempt to Judaize the Al-Buraq Wall by installing a large menorah at the Al-Buraq Square to celebrate the so-called " Hanukkah".
The Ibrahimi Mosque, Al-Buraq Wall, and Al-Aqsa Mosque are Muslim sanctities; the Israeli occupation will never succeed in altering facts and imposing new realities on the ground.
We call on the Arab and Muslim people to fulfill their duty in defending the Al-Aqsa Mosque and supporting the Palestinian people, particularly in Jerusalem and Hebron.
Hamas official Ismail Redwan
Friday, 26 November 2021