Today, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation is set to vote on the so-called Muezzin Law. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his support for the law during today’s government meeting: “Israel is committed to protecting those who suffer from the high volume of the loudspeakers.”
Netanyahu voices his support for the Muezzin Law Photo Credit: Reuters/Guy Tzabri/Channel 2 News
Shortly before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s vote regarding the so-called Muezzin Law, which seeks to ban the use of loudspeakers in mosques, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today (Sunday) that he supports the law. “Israel is committed to protecting those who suffer from the high volume of the loudspeakers,” stated Netanyahu during this week’s government meeting. “This is customary in many European cities.”
“The Ministerial Committee for Legislation will discuss today the law that seeks to limit the volume of the loudspeakers in all houses of worship in Israel,” explained Netanyahu. “Muslims, Jews and Christians all suffer from this.” Netanyahu added that Israel is a country that respects all of its citizens’ freedom of religion.
“Hundreds of thousands of citizens in Israel suffer on a regular and daily basis from noise coming from the mosques’ muezzin calls,” reads the proposed law. While the law calls for a complete ban on the use of loudspeakers, sources within the political establishment believe that the law will be altered to only limit the volume.
Joint Arab List chair MK Ayman Odeh said today ahead of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s vote: “This is just another law in the series of racist and populist laws aimed at creating an atmosphere of hate and incitement against the Arab community.”