While Kafr 'Aqab was annexed with the rest of East Jerusalem by Israel and falls under its full jurisdiction, it is separated from Jerusalem by the Israeli West Bank barrier. Kafr Aqab has been experiencing a building boom in recent years. Municipal inspectors never inspect the area beyond the barrier. This creates "a planning nightmare and developer's dream".
The al-Faruq mosque in Kafr 'Aqab offers weekly classes in the Islamic teachings of Hizb ut-Tahrir.
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