The Muezzin Law also approved by the Ministers

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the Muezzin Law that prohibits loudspeakers in the mosque hours after the Prime Minister stated that he will support the law.
Will the Moezin have to stop using speaker systems? Photo credit: Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Tonight (Sunday), after passing the Regulation Law, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation decided to also support the Muezzin Law which prohibits the use of loudspeakers in mosques. The vote occurred several hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed support of the law.

“Israel is committed to protecting anyone who suffers from the volume of the speakers. It is customary in many European cities,” stated Netanyahu. “I support the legislation and similar enforcement in the State of Israel.”

The legislation proposal states that it is forbidden to use a speaker system to call worshipers or to transmit religious or national messages. “Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens suffer routinely from the noise caused by the Moezin calls in the mosques,” MK Moti Yogev (Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi) wrote in the proposal. “the proposed legislation brings a worldview whereby freedom of religion should not cause harm to the quality of life.”

Although the wording of the legislation calls for the prohibition of the use of loudspeakers, those involved explain that the law will be softened to restrict the volume but not prohibit it entirely.

Zoabi (left) and Odeh (right) Photo credit: Noam Moshkoviz/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

“This is another law in a series of racist and populistic laws and its only target is creating an environment of hate and incitement towards the Arabic population,” attacked Chairman of the Joint List MK Ayman Odeh prior to the vote. “Laws and regulations exist regarding noise that also apply to mosques so it is clear that the entire goal of the law is targeting mosques as a problematic factor. It is a blatant violation of religious freedom of Muslims and the continuation of the hunt lead by the Prime Minister.”

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