With Turkish help, Palestinians renovate Acre mosque

By Abdel-Raouf Arnaout, Monday, June 09, 2014

JERUSALEM – A Palestinian NGO said Monday that it had already begun renovating the Dar al-Aytam Mosque in the Arab city of Acre in northern Israel with funding from Turkey's Mirasimiz agency.

"The mosque will take $10,000 to renovate," the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said.

In a statement, the NGO said that the project aimed to protect the mosque – considered one of the city's main Islamic sites – and restore it to its former glory.

The foundation added that the mosque had been confiscated in the 1970s by Israeli authorities and converted into a training center for Israeli soldiers – but was later deserted.

It said renovations would involve cleaning the mosque's prayer area, fixing doors and windows, buying new prayer rugs and upgrading toilet facilities.

The foundation added that planned renovations would also include the purchase of new air-conditioning units and painting the walls of the house of worship.

"This is a very important project as it involves renovating a mosque and restoring its previous allure," NGO head Amir Khattib said.

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