(IsraelNN.com) Jewish residents of Hevron protested Monday against the closing of the lone route from the city's Jewish neighborhoods to the Maarat Hamachpelah Cave of the Patriarchs. The road was closed because Monday was one of the days that the structure was closed to Jews under decisions of the Shamgar Commission, which makes the structure off limits to Muslims at other times of the year.
A statement by the community notes the closure of the route to Jews, "while the government takes freedom of movement for Arabs into consideration at the expense of security." The statement adds, "This is a provocative, destructive, hostile and needless step. Jews only have the right to move in three percent of Hevron, and we won't tolerate additional abuse and new roadblocks in this small area."