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.
The surveillance program deployed undercover detectives in Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and watch day-to-day activities. Police also infiltrated mosques and student groups.
Alexandroupoli's main church condemned the attack on a mosque that saw unidentified people placing a pig's head outside of it.
Athens mayor candidate Aris Stiliotopulos is reported to have said that issues such as these should be decided by the people, but in classic right-wing rhetoric added that Athens has 'no more room for asylum seekers'.
The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.
Thousands of Muslims have been detained in Kenya in recent weeks.
The Syrian Islamic Council, a body made up of prominent Islamic scholars and representatives of Turkmen, Kurdish and Arab groups, said it will focus on dealing with religious matters between opposition groups and work with humanitarian aid foundations.
Imam Magomed Zakaryayev was killed when two masked assailants opened fire on him in the Kizil-Yurt district.
It will be the first time since the Friday sermon is read in Turkish in Erbil since the end of the Ottoman Empire.
Muslim leaders asked the Kenyan government to suspend the security operation on grounds that human rights were being violated.
The military-backed authorities have been trying to bring mosques under tighter control since the army toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July
The exhibition displays a number of items that belonged to the Prophet as well as a letter he had written for the Egyptian governor.
An increase in racist parties' seats in the EP will threaten the EU's future, Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
The Islamic center and prayer space opened in 2011 near the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
Police donations to UK mosque raises suspicion about intentions.
An influential umbrella group accused the army of exploiting the ongoing state of emergency to kill innocent Muslims.
Despite having links to the far-right Australian Defence League, none are believed to be members of the organization.