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Published Tuesday 28/08/2012 (updated) 28/08/2012 19:58
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Ideis said in a statement that holding the festival at the site was a
violation of international norms and a provocation to Muslims.
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Chief Islamic judge Sheikh Yusef Ideis on Tuesday criticized plans to hold a wine and beer festival at an Ottoman-era mosque in Beersheba.

Ideis said in a statement that holding the festival at the site was a violation of international norms and a provocation to Muslims.

The mosque is a contentious site in the southern Israeli town. Israeli forces turned the building into a prison in 1948. Rights groups and the Islamic Committee appealed to Israel's high court in 2002 to resume worship at the mosque. After a decade-long battle, the high court ruled that the site should be turned into an Islamic museum.

In June 2012, UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue recommended that Beersheba municipal authorities implement the court's decision and also allow Muslims to pray at the mosque "to allow the Muslim community to collectively express and maintain their culture and religion" in a report to the UN General Assembly.

Sheikh Ideis urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the UN and human rights groups to intervene and prevent the festival, planned for Sept. 5 - 6, and said serving alcohol at the site desecrated the mosque.

The Adalah legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel has appealed to Israel's Attorney General to prevent the wine and beer festival

"The use of the courtyard of the Mosque for drinking alcohol is a red line banned in Islam, and is completely incompatible with the mosque’s intended use for prayer," Adalah lawyer Aram Mahameed wrote to the Attorney General.
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1 ) Julie / USA
28/08/2012 13:20
this is blatant and premeditated incitement to violence and provocation by the terrorist nazis of zionism. they are fully aware that alcohol is strictly forbidden in islam. they want war, not peace, they make this abundantly clear in all the crimes they insist on committing. thieves, murderers, terrorists...oh izrahell, you could have been a nation that shines, but your filthy existence of evil doing has gone too far.

2 ) WrollwelCollege / UK
28/08/2012 13:49
#1 ''they are fully aware that alcohol is strictly forbidden in islam'' http://www.taybehbeer.com/ Then how do you account for the Taybeh Brewery Octobfest in Ramallah? Or don’t facts suit your agenda?

3 ) can't read #2?? / Jew and proud!
28/08/2012 14:13
#2- well they are CHRISTIANS you poor ignorant!!! muslims go there to but for fun not alkohol.... what?? You didn't even care to read your own link??? and they are NOT DRINKING WINE OR BEER IN MOSQUES!!! you are a poor ignorant man...and I go (a JEW) there too it is a great festival!!!

4 ) Hilmi / Malaysia
28/08/2012 14:38
Hey 3# Infidels .. does't matter Christian or Muslim having festival .. but drinking inside or near the mosque is outrages.. You don't have moral or you are Jew with no respect on Jew tradition ???

5 ) Sofia / UK
28/08/2012 18:50
wow having a beer festival in a mosque? why couldn't they just find another location to hold their festival in? out of all the venues they could use, they had to choose a mosque - the place of Islamic worship where alcohol is strictly forbidden? it looks to me a clear provocation and insult to muslims living in that area. just give them their mosque to worship in and hold this festival somewhere else to avoid conflict

6 ) Nick / Canada
28/08/2012 19:06
This is no longer a mosque; throughout the world, religious sites change hands and are used for different purposes. Here in Canada, many old churches are now housing, music venues or even stores.
There are plenty of active, functioning mosques throughout Israel this is not one of them.

7 ) Charity Clayton / UK
28/08/2012 20:46
In the West churches are sold off by the religious authorities to which they belong, I suspect this mosque was turned into a prison and subsequently a 'drinking venue' with total disregard for muslim wishes or needs, which makes it wrong IMHO. Just another nail being driven into the coffin of the Muslim population of Palestine.

8 ) James / Canada
29/08/2012 04:17
Im ashamed by Nick, these people are fighting for thier rights to thier own mosque that the occupiers have stolen, and after a legal fight had to call it a museum becuase the occupiers wont let them have thier mosque back. Now the occupiers are trying to rub salt in a wound. Theres obviously no other motive.

9 ) Johnny / Palestine
29/08/2012 09:48
#2 - You're an idiot. I'm from Taybeh. The Taybeh Beer is made by Palestinian CHRISTIANS for Christians and anyone else who enjoys beer. It's not forbidden in Christianity. Oh what's that? You didn't know that there were Christians living here too? Do as a favor and don't bring your ignorance to our village this October. #5 NO ONE is having a beer festival in a mosque. Read the article before commenting.

10 ) Abdul / USA
29/08/2012 14:51
Zionists are the enemy of peace, love and harmony for they always provoke innocent and defenseless Palestinian people so that the Zionist terrorists could oppress, terrorize and rob Palestinian people of their land, rights and freedom. Therefore, Zionism, Nazism, Fascism and Communism are the enemy of all mankind.

11 ) ehem / Jew and proud!
29/08/2012 17:48
#6 it is a difference when muslims would change the mosque to a museum or sth, but jews did that and muslim till this day what it back as a mosque, and as you can read: UN special rapporteur Frank La Rue recommended that Beersheba municipal authorities implement the court's decision and also allow Muslims to pray at the mosque "to allow the Muslim community to collectively express and maintain their culture and religion" in a report to the UN General Assembly. - YOU MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND IT!

12 ) Talal / Israel
29/08/2012 18:18
Except that isn't at the mosque, it is near the mosque, in a diffrent facility . sources : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYzcBji_2E0&feature=relmfu

13 ) Joe Fattal / USA
29/08/2012 23:26
They don't know any better. What can I say.

14 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
30/08/2012 03:58
Look, there may be Christians/others who go to this festival (as well as Muslims) but our sacred Torah is VERY clear on this situation: Even though this mosque has been turned into a prison--or for any other use--no matter when and no matter what any court may have ruled/recommended since then--if it offends the sensitivities of Muslims to hold an alcohol-serving festival there or near there, their wishes MUST BE RESPECTED, PERIOD. Another suitable site I'm sure can easily be found.

15 ) eh... / Jew and proud!
30/08/2012 17:47
#12- courtyard belongs to the mosque....and remeber muslims want back their mosque that jews (we) turned into sth else...
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