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Chechnya leader inaugurates new mosque in Israel

Sunday - 3/23/2014, 10:18am  ET

Palestinian ride their horses near a new mosque, partially funded by Chechnya, in the Arab village of Abu Ghosh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Sunday, March 23, 2014. Isa Jabar, the mayor of the village, says Chechnya donated $6 million for the new mosque and that some Abu Ghosh residents trace their ancestry to 16th century Chechnya and the Caucus region. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

ABU GHOSH, Israel (AP) -- The president of Russia's republic of Chechnya has inaugurated a new, $10 million mosque in an Arab village in Israel.

Ramzan Kadyrov said on Sunday that it was an honor to visit "this good and holy land" during a stop in the village of Abu Ghosh.

Isa Jabar, the village's mayor, says Chechnya donated $6 million for the mosque. He says some villagers trace their ancestry to 16th century Chechnya and the Caucus region.

The mosque was built in the Ottoman Turkish style, the favored architectural style in Chechnya. It features four minarets, making it the only mosque of its kind in Israel.

Abu Ghosh, near Jerusalem, enjoys good ties with its Jewish neighbors and is a popular culinary destination for Israelis.


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