Hamas calls for violence over Herzog's Hebron candle-lighting

Terrorist group says the president's Hannukah ceremony at the Tomb of the Patriarchs will 'desecrate' the contested site; left-wing organizations, lawmakers join in the condemnation of the move

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Palestinian militant group Hamas called for unrest in the West Bank, following news that President Isaac Herzog would light the first candle of Hanukkah at a contested religious site located in Hebron on Sunday.
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  • The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a biblical site that hosts both Jewish prayer sanctuaries as well as the Ibrahimi Mosque, making the site a friction point between Israelis and Palestinians.
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    ההכנות במערת המכפלה  לקראת ביקור הנשיא
    ההכנות במערת המכפלה  לקראת ביקור הנשיא
    Tomb of the Patriarchs ahead of Herzog's arrival
    (Photo: Kiryat Arba Municipality )
    A Hamas official called the planned candle-lighting ceremony as a “provocation” and an “attack,” adding that any resulting violence would be the fault of Israel.
    “The Israeli occupation must bear full responsibility for the consequences of this attack,” senior Hamas member Ismail Radwan said, adding the ceremony will provoke the Palestinians who view the act as a “blatant desecration of the sanctity of the mosque.”
    He then called on Palestinians to resist the move.
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    נשיא המדינה יצחק הרצוג נפגש עם ראש ממשלת בריטניה בוריס ג'ונסון
    נשיא המדינה יצחק הרצוג נפגש עם ראש ממשלת בריטניה בוריס ג'ונסון
    President Isaac Herzog
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Left-wing organizations also called for a demonstration in Hebron in protest of the planned celebration in honor of the Jewish Festival of Light, which begins Sunday.
    Meretz MK Michal Rozen also tweeted that Herzog's decision was "a mistake".
    “The president should be a unifying personality,” she wrote. “It’s very sad that the president gives priority to this.”

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