During the War of Independence, Arab fighters barricaded themselves here and shot at the Jewish residents of Tel Aviv who were in the Carmel market. After the war there was indeed an intention to destroy the mosque, mainly because of its threatening image in the eyes of Tel Aviv residents, but its beauty led to a decision to continue to allow it to operate. Since the establishment of the State of Israel, the mosque has been a source of friction between the Jewish population and the Arab population of Jaffa. There were Jews who never accepted the decision to keep it standing and over the years there were a number of failed attempts at sabotaging the mosque.
In retrospect, some of them tended to forgive him, partly because the civilian governor of Baha al-Din, who served as the Kaymakam of Jaffa, was much more difficult than he was, and because he also did deeds that were perceived as good for some of the population. But many, including the Arabs of Jaffa, never forgave him.
Due to the cruelty of Hassan Bek, the Arabs of Jaffa refused to pray in the mosque for many years. This is because the workers who built it, were forced by Hassan Bek. They worked day and night, hard and merciless work, many of them seriously injured, and 78 of them even died during construction.
The beauty of the mosque is even more striking, against the backdrop of the hotel next to it. This contrast between traditional Muslim construction and the modern, western-capitalist structure, much larger in size, is beloved by many photographers and tourists, who combine them as "old and new - side by side."