World Bulletin / News Desk
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.
A junior Turkish envoy in Israel visited the mosque last week along with an Arab member of the Knesset and a Palestinian human rights activist.
Turkey's relations with Israel have been in the deep freeze since Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish citizens in international waters.
Imam Khamis El Mejri was arrested for preaching in a mosque without a government permit.
Princess Theodora Sayn-Wittgenstein of Bavaria had been visiting Scotland Germany and was due to fly home on Sunday.
Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi, the traditional ruler of Nigeria's northern Borno State, called for "special prayers [to] be held in mosques and churches to seek God's help and urged residents to remain prayerful even after the fasting."
Following a military coup, Turkey banned all non-Turkish broadcasts between 1983 and 1991.
Crimean Tatars oppose joining with Russia, as they fear a repeat of the events of 1944 when Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ethnically cleansed them from their homeland.
American bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who like Geert Wilders were also banned from entering the UK after being invited to speak to English Defence League members, will also be on the panel.
Legoland Winsor was due to host a private party for Muslim children on Sunday.
Maksat Hajji Toktomushev has been elected as the new grand mufti of Kyrgyzstan.
Chris Johannides, who is of Greek Cypriot origin, was banned by the Conservative Party after he compared Muslim womens' burkas to black dustbin liners.
Quebec survey says a draft law to ban state employees from wearing religious symbols is targeting women who wear a headscarf.
The council had described the killing of endangered animals as "unethical, immoral and sinful", council official Asrorun Ni'am Sholeh.
The opening of the museum was attended by many notables including Yusuf Islam, formerly known as the musician Cat Stevens. “It is a fantastic project and it is going to grow… it is just going to grow”, Yusuf Islam was quoted by SBS.
A former anti-Islamist politician, Arnoud van Doorn, has started a new Islamic party in Holland after accepting Islam.
'It is the strong view of many of those involved in counter-terrorism that there should be a clearer legal position, so that those children who are being turned into potential killers or suicide bombers can be removed into care – for their own safety and for the safety of the public,' Boris Johnson said.
The mosque in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, is due to be open by 2015.
As well as Muslim women, Sikh men, who are also required to cover their hair, will also benefit from the new rule change.