An Israeli court on Tuesday banned a clock and other pieces from a local community center, ruling that they are not in line with the country’s strict Islamic decorum.
The decision was made by the court in the town of Beit Jala, in the northern West Bank, as part of a bid to halt a project to build a mosque in the village.
The mosque would be located in the same neighborhood as a church that is currently undergoing renovation.
The church is located in a Jewish settlement nearby.
The village council voted to ban the clock and similar pieces from the community center and also ordered the building to be removed.
The council did not rule on the legal grounds for the ban.
A spokesman for the municipality told Haaretz that the council’s decision was in line and the municipality will be enforcing the decision.
The spokesman said that the city will also take legal action against the building’s owner and that the local court would decide the legality of the ban in due course.
The project to construct a mosque and a new church is a controversial move that has drawn criticism from the government and is expected to cause tensions with Arab residents of the village, which has a large Arab population.
The clock and the rest of the clock were purchased by a businessman, who later sold them to a local council member for the synagogue.
The council is also seeking compensation for the damage caused to the synagogue, the spokesman said.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the building owner, the village’s chairman, and the council did agree to the ban, but that it was unclear how much compensation the village would seek.
The move was criticized by the Jewish Agency for Israel, which represents the local community, which claims that the clock is a violation of the countrys strict Islamic rules.
The local council said it will appeal against the ruling.