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Chechen president inaugurates largest mosque in Israel
Published Monday 24/03/2014 (updated) 26/03/2014 19:39
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Residents of the Palestinian town of Abu Ghosh wave the Chechen
flag during the dedication ceremony the new Ahmad Kadyrov
mosque, on March 23 2014.(AFP/Menahem Kahana)
ABU GHOSH, Israel (AFP) -- The head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, inaugurated Israel's largest mosque on Sunday, in a village near Jerusalem whose inhabitants claim descent from Muslim migrants from the Caucasus.

"Chechens were only able to declare their nationality freely 11 years ago thanks to Akhmad Kadyrov who drafted the Chechen constitution and enabled us to say to the world we are Muslim Chechens," he told the gathering.

The new $10-million mosque in the Palestinian-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh, to which Chechnya donated $6 million, is named for the Chechen strongman's father and previous president, Akhmad Kadyrov, who was killed in a bomb attack in 2004.

The new mosque can accommodate more than three thousand worshipers and covers an area of 3,200 square meters.

Only the Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem, whose annexation by Israel is not recognized internationally, is larger.

Villagers on foot and on horseback waved Chechen flags as Kadyrov arrived.

Inside the mosque he joined locals in prayer.

Abu Ghosh mayor Issa Jabr said that the village had ongoing contacts with Chechnya.

"We visited them in 2010 and we talked about communication and cultural exchange," he told AFP.
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1 ) Nur / Tunisia
24/03/2014 16:27
Ma shah Allah. Mabruk alekum wa barak Allah. (With the Will of Allah. Congratulations & the Blessings of Allah).

2 ) Outlier / USA
24/03/2014 19:58
In Israel. Those who have redefined apartheid for their own purposes should take notice (but probably won't).

3 ) Arnold / Canada
24/03/2014 20:07
I wish the Islamic Russian to do as good a job for Palestine as the Jewish Russians have done for Israel.

4 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
25/03/2014 00:35
Great town, great people. My kid's sports team has played there several times - they are wonderful hosts. Yes, "settler" kids playing "Israeli Arab" kids. Sports is a great equalizer and peace maker. Too bad the Palestinians reject sports as a bridge and use it only as a weapon. Maan readers should know that Palestine bans all sports events with any Israeli team or athlete - to them a kid from Tel Aviv is a "settler" and they would never play soccer or basketball with them. Shame on Rajoub.

5 ) Johnny benson / USA
25/03/2014 01:41
Can one imagine a synagogue being built in the Palestinian towns..or in most any Muslim city or nation...likely not in any...or a church ..maybe in Lebanon...the Muslims can get away with the most terrible violent acts against other religions...but how they scream when they are aggrieved...

6 ) Mel / USA
26/03/2014 22:25
#4:Brian:"Sports is a great equalizer and peace maker..."?Really?Ever take your kids to Teddy Stadium to sit with the Beitar Jerusalem Football Club 'La Familia',Kach-Kahanist thugs,who routinely chant"Death To Arabs"(especially if a Palestinian player like Salim Tuama,scored a goal)in 'finest' neo-Nazi voices?Or when Black Nigerian Toto played(inbetween being hit with Banana's).Did you take the kids to the Beitar-Sakhnin match B4 the"purist"arson/fire for hiring a CHECHEN player? Dream on Bri!
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