Israel High Court rejects Negev Muslims' petition to worship at old mosque after years of debates. Judges introduce compromise – museum to be devoted to culture of Islam
The High Court of Justice on Thursday partially accepted a petition against the Beersheba Municipality for refusing to allow Muslim residents to pray at an old mosque set to be converted into a museum.
The judges qualified the museum's establishment but ruled it should be devoted to the culture of Islam and eastern nations. The High Court criticized the municipality citing a problematic perception of the Muslim population within the community.
The Beersheba Municipality has long decided to turn the old mosque into a museum, however the Negev's Muslim committee and the Bedouin Rights Protection foundation petitioned against the decision in a motion to allow residents to worship at the site
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