Foundations of Nazareth Mosque Razed

JERUSALEM, JULY 1, 2003 ( A controversial mosque in Nazareth was demolished early today by Interior Ministry demolition crews, along with Israeli police, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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The Shahab A Din Mosque, still in the early stages of construction, has been a source for controversy which ultimately fueled Islamic riots in April 1999, and interreligious strife in Nazareth since, the newspaper said.

The Nazareth District Court upheld last week the city’s District Court’s ruling that the illegal construction of the site must be flattened.

Christians said the mosque would pose a direct threat to the Basilica of the Annunciation, obscuring its view from the main drag.

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