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A petition submitted to Milan's court demands the closure of the Chabad synagogue in the city.

The petition bases itself on a law intended to limit the spread of Islam in Italy. The law, passed a decade ago in northern Italy, aims to prevent the construction of additional mosques in cities, and requires among other things 250 parking spaces for each religious institution.

The synagogue, "Beit Hatalmud," has become a point of conflict among locals, who submitted the petition, Behadrei Haredim reported.

According to Chabad emissary Rabbi Moshe Shaykevitz, the petition sets a dangerous precedent.

"It's not a question of who wins in court, but of the very case," he said. "This story may set a dangerous precedent, and we ask all of Israel to pray for our situation. After the holidays, we'll be getting into it more, and we'll see what happens."