Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90
View of the new golden dome built on top of the Abdul Rachman mosque in Beit Safafa, Jerusalem, December 16, 2021.

The Jerusalem municipality is planning to demolish a mosque in the Beit Safafa neighborhood that was built prior to 1948 and resembles the iconic Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Old City’s Temple Mount compound.

Court documents filed last Wednesday indicated the city had approved the demolition because a floor in the Abdul Rahman mosque was built without a permit, and 700 square meters of the compound were built without certification or approval from licensed engineers – therefore posing a safety risk.

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“It (the mosque) symbolizes the fact that there is no law and no enforcement in the State of Israel,” contended nationalist Im Tirtzu project director Yehuda Sharabanay.

Community leader Muhammad Alian told the Ynet news outlet that Beit Safafa is a “calm and quiet neighborhood.” He added that the building is a mosque, “and it should be respected.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.