x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Israeli police flatten mosque

Residents throw rocks in protest after Israeli police flatten mosque they claim was built illegally in the southern city of Rahat.

RAHAT // Israeli police say they demolished an illegally built mosque in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat, prompting rock-throwing protests by residents.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the two-story mosque was knocked down Sunday in keeping with a court ruling.

Mosque activist Yousef Abu-Jama said residents built the structure illegally because Israeli authorities would take too long to issue approval.

Authorities rarely target mosques for demolition. This particular mosque was financed by a group that is frequently in conflict with Israeli authorities.

Critics note that Israeli authorities have not yet acted on a court ruling to evacuate Jewish settlers from a building in disputed east Jerusalem that was illegally expanded.