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Israel to demolish mosque in occupied Jerusalem

September 15, 2020 at 9:33 am

Israeli demolish order of Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in Jerusalem’s Silwan on 15 September 2020 [Maan News]

An Israeli occupation court yesterday ordered that Al-Qa’qa’ Mosque in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighbourhood be demolished because it was built without planning permission, Anadolu reported.

The court gave Palestinians 21 days to challenge the order or the Islamic site will be demolished.

Anadolu said the mosque is 110 square metres over two floors and was built in 2012. An order had previously been given for it to be demolished in 2015.

The Palestinian Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in Gaza condemned the occupation state’s latest “aggression” against the mosque and called on the international community, the Arab League and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to protect Muslim holy sites and places of worship in Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera recently reported the Israeli advocacy group Ir Amim saying that the occupation authorities demolished homes in Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem at a significantly higher rate in 2019 than during the previous year.

In a report, the group said 104 Palestinian housing units were demolished in 2019 compared with 72 in 2018.

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