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‘Mayor must save controversial mosque’

7 February 2007 - Mayor Job Cohen must take over control from the Baarsjes district to save the construction of the controversial Westermoskee mosque. This is the opinion of Green Party’s party leader for de Baarsjes, Coos Hoebe.

De Baarsjes District lost its confidence in the project after a television programme revealed a document stating that the conservative German headquarters of the Milli Görüs organisation will become the owner of the mosque. Milli Görüs is to build the mosque.

Hoebe: “The success of the Westermoskee project is important for the entire city. This project must go on. Therefore, the Green Party wants to ask Mayor Cohen to take over control from the district and to do his best to realise a Westermoskee that fits with the Amsterdam integration policies”.

The decision to build the Westermoskee was the outcome of a long fight. Eventually, the mosque was to become a symbol of the integration of Islam in Amsterdam. The architect took his inspiration from the Amsterdam School.

As a result of a struggle for power between conservative and progressive factions of the Milli Görüs organisation, the construction of the mosque may not go ahead, although the district cannot easily withhold a building permit.



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