The Destruction of the Straw Bale Mosque

I’ve written about the Straw Bale Mosque in the unrecognized village of Wadi al-Naam several times.  On November 22nd, I wrote,

“The demolition team never came.

This doesn’t mean we won. It means they didn’t want to destroy it in front of everyone, so they’ll probably come back next week and destroy it when no one’s there to document it.”

I am extremely sad to report that this morning at five o’clock AM Israeli forces arrived at the mosque and razed it to the ground. The builder and director of the project, Mahmoud Jarbeau, was sleeping in the mosque when he heard the rumble of bulldozers, and awoke to find a demolition team at his door.


He served for 9 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, ending his career as an officer in the Paratrooper Corps, and has poured more than 40,000 US dollars of his own savings into the project over the past 6 months.


We called an emergency meeting to discuss our response, and have decided to begin rebuilding the mosque immediately, and are actively soliciting financial support from the community to help in the rebuilding process. God willing, it will be rebuilt soon, and will serve as a testament to the will of the people to persevere in the face of enormous adversity. If you would like to make a donation to the rebuilding process, you can send money through PayPal to, putting “Wadi Naam Mosque” in the note.



~ by Josh on December 25, 2008.

4 Responses to “The Destruction of the Straw Bale Mosque”

  1. Please tell us where donations could be sent!

  2. […] Bedouin village and forcibly expelled its inhabitants. This past Thursday, the police came and demolished the first ecologically sustainable mosque in Israel, built from mud and straw, as well as a […]

  3. this is depressing. keep fighting the good fight!

  4. […] A couple of days ago my friend Mahmoud abu Jarabeya, who built the straw bale mosque in Wadi al-Na’am, got married. It was the first Bedouin wedding I’ve been […]

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