Palestine: Mosque demolition orders in Negev
Negev, Palestine News Network:
The Religious Affairs and Waqf spokesperson expressed serious concern on Thursday regarding the Israeli targeting of mosques in the Negev Desert. Among the “unrecognized villages” of the Negev is Umm Ratam, which has received demolition orders for seven of its homes and the village mosque.
The Israeli government is in the process of “developing the Negev” which translates into expelling its native population. Israeli forces have destroyed six mosques in the area in recent years.
Sheikh Ibrahim Sarsour said the destruction is being undertaken rapidly in several villages. As the President of the Islamic Movement there, he is working to stop the Israeli authorities.
Sheikh Khalid Muhanna commented, “Israel is working on the eradication of mosques because mosques are evidence of a Muslim presence in Arab villages. Israel wants to demolish the mosque in order to create an emptiness in the Negev that they can say they are simply filling in. This goes hand in hand with the excavations at Al Aqsa Mosque, which these actions detract from, and the ongoing Judaization of Jerusalem and the Negev.”