Erdoğan claims Muezzin Law harms prospects of regional peace

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized the Muezzin Law, a controversial bill seeking to ban the use of loudspeakers at houses of worship. According to Erdoğan, the Muezzin Law insults Muslims and harms the prospects of peace in the region.
Erdoğan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized the Israeli bill known as the Muezzin Law, which seeks to ban the use of loudspeakers at houses of worship. “I find this [law] very dangerous,” said Erdoğan during a speech, according to Turkish media today (Tuesday).

“I think that the discussion itself is very dangerous,” said Erdoğan. The Turkish President suggested that the Knesset drop the discussion regarding the bill in order to avoid insulting Muslims. In addition, the Turkish media reported that Erdoğan claimed that the controversial bill will harm the prospects of peace in the region if it turns into a law.

The Turkish media added that Erdoğan also told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin what he thinks about the bill during a phone conversation. Two days ago, Rivlin called his Turkish counterpart in order to thank him for sending firefighting aircraft to Israel during the wave of fires and arson attacks. After the conversation, Erdoğan said that he advised Rivlin that the Knesset cease the discussion regarding the Muezzin Law.

At the end of the conversation, Erdoğan said: “It is best that these types of proposals be considered with sensitivity as appropriate for matters related to freedom of expression and freedom of religion.”

Rivlin’s office stated that Erdoğan commented on the Muezzin Law at the end of a conversation on Sunday with the Israeli President and Rivlin replied that Israel will continue to grant every person in the country these freedoms regardless of their religion.

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