Palestinians Arrested in Mezuzah Theft at Me’aras Hamachpelah

YERUSHALAYIM -

Two Palestinians were arrested on suspicion of the theft of a mezuzah from the Me’aras Hamachpelah on Friday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The two suspects were seen near the cave at the time of the theft and appeared on a security video of the site.

Border Police are continuing their investigation.

Two weeks ago, three mezuzos were stolen. Last Friday, a book of Tehillim left at the site was ripped up, according to Chevron Jewish community spokesman David Wilder.

Palestinians have access to the site every Friday during Ramadan at the Ibrahimi Mosque, which is in the same structure.

Palestinians were scheduled to have access to the site three more times this week as Ramadan ends, including Sunday night. However, the Chevron Jewish community and MK Orit Struck (Jewish Home) have asked the IDF to bar the Palestinians from the site this week.