07 Nov

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Israeli police demolish mosque
Action in Arab town in Negev, following a court order, prompts protest call by Muslim residents.Last Modified: 07 Nov 2010 17:31 GMT
Residents of Rahat began the construction of a new mosque shortly after Sunday’s demolition [Reuters] 

Israeli police have demolished a mosque in the Arab town of Rahat in the Negev desert.

The two-storey structure was knocked down before dawn on Sunday following a court ruling stating that it was built without a permit.

Police armed with clubs and shields surrounded the area as a bulldozer tore down the mosque.

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said demonstrators trying to stop the demolition had thrown stones at the police, leading to two arrests.

Police fired tear-gas and rubber bullets at protesters, Yusuf Abu Jamer, a spokesman for the local branch of the Islamic Movement, said, describing the operation as “criminal and cowardly”.

“More than 5,000 policemen came here, and they demolished this large mosque … . During the last month hundreds and thousands of people from Rahat and the entire area came here,” Abu

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