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After right-wing pressure, Jerusalem orders demolition of new golden-domed mosque

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Following pressure from right-wing organizations, the Jerusalem municipality has ordered the demolition of a compound in the Beit Safafa neighborhood housing a mosque with a new highly-visible golden dome, the Ynet news site reported.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday, the municipality wants the demolition on the basis of a floor to the building it says was built without a permit.

The Al-Rahman Mosque, built before Israel’s founding in 1948, is being renovated and expanded at the pace at which donations come in from locals and Arabs living in northern Israel.

The building has a highly visible golden dome, but unlike the famous Dome of the Rock in the Old City, adorned with 5,000 actual gold plates financed by the late king Hussein of Jordan, this smaller version has merely been painted to look like the real thing.

According to the Ynet news site, the Jerusalem municipality filed an application on Wednesday in court, stating that between 2017 and 2018 “they built an additional floor without a permit with concrete walls with stone cladding and openings for windows and doors two meters high.”

The court filing says also said that “above the floor they built for an additional five meters and placed an iron........

© The Times of Israel

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