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WAVE: Muezzin law


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Jewish, Muslim MKs call to pull ‘muezzin bill’

Legislation restricting the Muslim call to prayer to hours that do not disturb the public will cause more harm than good and should be replaced with dialogue, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders told a Knesset conference Monday called by MKs Yehudah Glick (Likud) and Zuheir Bahloul (Zionist Union). […] Former Chief Rabbinate director- general Oded…
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Opinion: A call to vote against the Muezzin law

[T]his bring me to the Muezzin law, which is scheduled to be voted on by the Knesset this coming Monday. A Jewish state which is truly sensitive to the challenges and possible discomfort of 20% of its citizens does not pass a law outlawing part of that minority’s religious practice at certain hours. The noise…
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Opinion: The ‘Muezzin Bill’ – a masquerade

… This bill, which aims at banning the use by mosques of public address systems for the daily call to prayer, is a masquerade, which all participants are party to. Nobody really thinks that those who proposed this bill aren’t actually motivated by nationalistic and religious considerations (the bill’s explanatory note states its intention to…
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Opinion: Israeli Muslims Want To Save the Muezzin — and So Do Ultra-Orthodox Jews

The ultra-Orthodox Jews have joined the Muslim Arabs in forming a coalition against the bill, because they’re concerned that the same bill might also be used to silence the sirens that blare the announcement of the onset of Shabbat. Turns out, what hurts religious freedom for one community often hurts another. And the sound of…
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Arab MKs perform Muslim call to prayer in Knesset

Arab MKs took advantage of a discussion on a bill to limit the volume of mosques during the Muslim call to prayer by reciting the call to prayer themselves in the Knesset Monday night. MK Taleb Abu Arar (Joint Arab List) called out the Muslim call to prayer, otherwise known as the ‘’Athan,” while MK…
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Ministers approve bill to limit muezzin noise

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill Sunday evening to ban mosque muezzins from announcing prayer times via loudspeakers in the streets. In his opening statements during Sunday’s ministerial meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also voiced his broad agreement with the complaints of the residents in which the calls to prayer are blasted. “The…
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Israeli bill to muffle Muslim call to prayer stokes tempers on all sides

In a letter to the justice minister and chair of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, MK Yousef Jabareen of the Joint List, also pointed out that the Law for the Prevention of Nuisances should be sufficient to resolve the problem. “This is a criminal statute, and anyone violating it can be punished with heavy prison…
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Netanyahu Voices Support for Banning Mosque Loudspeakers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced support for a bill prohibiting the use of loudspeakers at mosques during Muslim prayer services. The bill will be discussed Sunday by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, Netanyahu said ahead of the committee’s meeting. The bill, a new version of one originally intended to stop the broadcasting of nationalistic messages…
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Will the Knesset silence call to prayer?

On Nov. 13, the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee on Legislation will debate a proposed bill banning muezzins from using public address (PA) systems, that is, loudspeakers, to call the faithful to prayers. The legislation was proposed by Knesset member Moti Yogev of HaBayit HaYehudi and co-sponsored by Merav Ben-Ari of Kulanu and Miki Zohar and Nurit…
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