INTRODUCTION: On the Israeli occupied West Bank, Arab money is building a mosque near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Araba.
GV Mosque under construction.
SV Mosque under construction.
SV & CU Arab workers cutting stones with electric saw. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN INTERIOR Timber and stone work.
TV PAN DOWN FROM Surrounding apartment buildings PAN DOWN TO centre of mosque under construction. (2 SHOTS)
LV PAN Along road leading to partially completed mosque.
GV PAN FROM Mosque to surrounding area.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: On the Israeli occupied West Bank, Arab money is building a mosque near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Araba. Arab residents from nearby Hebron believe the mosque will stunt the growth of the Jewish settlement and discourage the extension of Israeli influence over the occupied territory.
SYNOPSIS: The mosque at Kiryat Araba is a magnificent development. It's been under construction for three years with money donated by a number of Arab countries.
Each stone for the building is cut individually. The construction of the mosque is making use of some ancient crafts of stone-masons and carpenters. But Kiryat Araba, the site near which the mosque is being built, is a Jewish settlement, and the mosque's construction is surrounded by political controversy.
Israel has increased land expropriation decrees in the West Bank. It's seen as an effort to accelerate Jewish settlement of the territory before the June 30 general election. The opposition Labour Party -- which is expected to win that election -- has put less emphasis on Jewish settlement of the occupied areas. Kiryat Araba has grown rapidly over recent years, and its settlers believe the reason the Arabs are building on their door steps is to halt that Jewish expansion. In the words of one of the settlers, the mosque now being built with money received from Saudi Arabia and the Palestine Liberation Organisation is a continuing process to encircle Kiryat Araba.