For the first time in a decade, the city of Jerusalem is experiencing an influx of visitors.
And for the first few weeks, it appears that those who want to come here have found a way to do so without first registering at a designated, non-Muslim mosque.
The mosque is situated in the Old City, and has been a popular destination for Palestinians, Jews, and others seeking a place to pray in the historic city, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
The center of Jerusalem’s Old City has been transformed into an international tourist destination, with international businesses like McDonalds, Gap, and Amazon, among others, opening stores.
In recent months, the mosque has experienced an influx from the Muslim community, who flock to the site of the mosque to pray and worship.
It is not uncommon for families and small groups to visit the mosque, and a handful of people are reported to have been killed for doing so.
The Muslim community has long been known for its tolerance, and there is even a mosque in the city.
But the mosque in Jerusalem is different from any other mosque in Israel.
The new mosque is the first in the world that has been dedicated exclusively to Muslims, according to Rabbi Moshe Zohar of the Conservative Union for Reform Judaism.
He says the mosque is meant to provide a space for the Muslim congregation to pray together and for the mosque itself to remain open to everyone.
Zohar says the new mosque, which is being built by the Israeli construction firm, Elta, is a symbol of Israel’s progress in building peace.
In the past, Israel has often faced criticism for not allowing religious groups to worship, but it has always kept its laws strict.
This time, Zohal says, there is no longer any reason for that.
The synagogue has been closed since October, and Zohur says that the mosque will open on March 7.
Zohary says the site is in an area where there are large Muslim and Christian populations, and it is not yet clear how the new facility will accommodate those communities.
Zaharon Ben-Zvi, who is also the director of the Institute of Religious Affairs at the Israeli Civil Administration, which oversees the Old East City, said that there has been some initial confusion about what constitutes a mosque.
He explained that in the past a mosque that was converted into a place of worship for Jews would be designated a synagogue, but this time there is not a synagogue in the area.
He said the reason for the change is that the building is not built as a synagogue.
Zohan said that this new mosque will be a place where worshipers can gather, and that there will be no separate areas for Jews and Muslims.
“This is not an attempt to change Jewish behavior, or Christian behavior, and Jewish law,” Zohari said.
Zohan added that the new building is intended to give Muslims the same opportunities as Jews in the Jewish Quarter, which has been designated a Jewish community center for the past decade.
“There will be more Jews than Muslims, but we will not allow anyone to harm them,” Zohan told Al Jazeera.
According to the Islamic Religious Department of Jerusalem, around 1,500 people have registered at the new site.
The group has also opened a Facebook page that allows people to submit applications for the job.
The construction of the new Jerusalem mosque has been going on for a number of years.
But it was not until a recent decision by the Jerusalem municipality that the site was granted permission for construction to begin.
The municipality gave permission to the project because the construction will be in line with the planning rules for the Old Jerusalem neighborhood.
According a statement issued by the municipality, the project will be financed with a budget of R25 million, with the remainder coming from private investors.
In addition to the mosque and a religious school, the site also includes a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Zeharon Ben Zvi, director of Religious Department at the Islamic religious department of Jerusalem said that the project is intended as a gesture to encourage the Muslim communities in the old city.
“We hope that the construction of this mosque will create a sense of belonging, a feeling of belonging and unity among the Muslim population in the neighborhood,” Zvi said.
“This is a gesture of hope that these new mosques can help the residents of Old Jerusalem feel more connected and that the Muslim people in the neighbourhood can live together and be united.”