On Feb. 5, two days before the Friday service but well after an order to stop building, Israeli bulldozers turned the new mosque into a heap of rubble and twisted metal, touching off outrage among Israeli Muslims and condemnations from some Jewish leaders as well. Michael Melchior, an Orthodox rabbi and member of Knesset, termed the demolition "a disgrace."
Christian Science Monitor
February 20, 2003
In Israel's desert, a fight for land
70,000 Bedouin live in villages that are officially unrecognized by the Israeli government.
By Ben Lynfield