Iranians Complain Mosque Looks Too Jewish, AP Buries the Lede

Remember when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani went out of his way to show how much he loves and respects Jews?

Apparently, others did not get his “we are anti-Zionist-not-antisemitic” memo

This Iranian mosque design is angering hardliners for being ‘too Jewish’

A new “controversial” minimalist mosque, which departs from traditional early Islamic architecture is being condemned for ignoring tradition and subtly pushing ‘secular and Jewish influence’ into the country.

The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr Mosque dispensed with the traditional rounded domes and towering minarets, opting instead for a modern design of undulating waves of grey stone and concrete, which they say complements the surrounding architecture and evokes the austerity of early Islam.

The new Mosque has angered hard-liners, who see it as part of a creeping secular onslaught on the Islamic republic. An editorial posted on the Mashregh news website compared the curvature to that of a Jewish yarmulke, accusing authorities of “treason” for approving it. The “completely neutral” design betrays an “atheistic approach,” it said.

Interestingly (or perhaps predictably), AP’s headline for this story sanitizes the controversy, leaving out the whole pesky antisemitism thing.

Iran’s new, modern 270,000 square foot mosque angers hardliners … because it has no minarets or dome

Meanwhile, here is a photo of the mosque:

Funny, but it doesn’t look Jewish.

I don’t see the yarmulke similarity. If anything, it looks a bit like a spaceship, or even Darth Vader’s helmet.

But if they really think it looks like a yarmulke, why don’t they just appropriate the yarmulke as an Islamic thing?


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media