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We call all Muslims to rise and condemn strongly the conversion of mosques into synagogues and bars by israel.

We read reports of a Tiberias mosque, also known as the Zaydani mosque, was converted into a jewish synagogue.

“Like most Palestinians, the Tiberias residents have fled to Syria and Lebanon following the Nakba,” Kamal Khatib of the High Follow-up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, told Anadolu Agency.

Khatib said the Zaydani family had asked the Israeli authorities to give them permission to renovate the Umari mosque.

“The Tiberias Municipality, however, refused, arguing that it would renovate it, but nothing happened,” he said.

“Even since the mosque has been closed with Israeli authorities banning worshippers and visitors from entering it,” he said.

We strongly express our  objection to the israeli’s brazen attacks on mosques.

The study also showed that 40 mosques were either destroyed, closed, or abandoned, while 17 others were turned into bars, restaurants, or museums.

For example, the Al-Ahmar Mosque in the northern town of Safed was turned into a concert hall, while Al-Jadid Mosque in the city of Caesarea was changed into a bar, according to the study.

Khatib recalled that mosques in the pre-Nakba era were teeming with worshippers. “After the Nakba, however, mosques were destroyed, particularly those in villages. Other mosques were either turned into synagogues, bars, museums, cafes or restaurants.”

Even cemeteries were not spared. Khatib lamented that the Israeli policy “disregards the sentiments of Muslims”, citing the al-Isaaf cemetery in Jaffa, where tombs were razed despite protests from local residents.

Now Israeli authorities have enacted legislation to confiscate the property of Palestinians, who fled their homes.

“The Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the law of absentees, under which Israel confiscated buildings and property of Arab citizens [who left their homes to other areas],”

The Muslim leaders must raise their voice to condemn and stop the flagrant assault on mosque.

All mosques must be protected and those destroyed and converted for other purposes must be reclaimed, compensated  and restored as mosque.

The process of Judaization now implemented is a continous effort to alter the physical landscap of Palestine. Mosques have become targets of desecration by the israel regime.

Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
President MAPIM

Datuk Seri Ahmad Awang

Datuk Wira Abdul Ghani Samsudin
Chair SHURA.

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