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A Palestine-based charity has called for help to stop use of a mosque-turned-museum as a venue for a prospective festival to promote products of Israeli wine makers.
"Be'er Sheva Mosque is cultural heritage from the Ottoman Empire. We call on all Palestinians, Muslims, international human rights groups and Turkey to work to stop violations against the Be'er Sheva Mosque," Al Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement on Wednesday, defining the festival as "provocation."
The wine festival is scheduled for September 5.
The Be'er Sheva Mosque, built during the Ottoman reign of the region and used as a house of worship until 1948, was turned into an Islamic museum on the orders of an Israeli high court in 2011.
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