Residents of Jerusalem suburbs claim that since the Temple Mount crisis, nearby mosques have increased the volume of their muezzin calls, especially noticeable at both four in the morning and at seven in the evening calls to prayer.
By Benny Tocker
Residents of Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem, are complaining that, since the Temple Mount crisis, the mosques in nearby villages and in Jerusalem have increased the strength of their muezzin calls.
Loudspeaker system used in Israel – Photo/ IsraelandStuff/PP
Eliyahu Trabelsi, a member of the local Torah core group who studies at a kollel (institute of Torah study) in Mevasseret Zion, told Arutz Sheva that the volume of the muezzin calls has reached unprecedented levels. Continue Reading »
Egypt’s new legislation to ban the use of loudspeakers by mosques, has led to widespread national anger as the country is already outraged over a Christian student who was accepted to study Dentistry at an Islamic University.
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
The Egyptians have a ‘muezzin bill’ debate of their very own: a dispute has broken out over the past day after Egypt’s Minister of Religious Endowments legislated to ban the use of loudspeakers by mosques during Taraweeh prayers – a special prayer only recited during the Muslim festival of Ramadan that is read following the fifth prayer of the day. Continue Reading »
Saudi Arabia ruled that calls to prayer could only be amplified by a mosque’s indoor loudspeakers, and the UAE & Egypt have restricted the use of loudspeakers, but, when Israel seeks to restrict the noise level, Palestinians make it an international affair.
By Aviel Schneider
Quite the controversy is raging over Israel’s proposed legislation aimed at muffling the five daily Muslim calls to prayer from local mosques. In recent decades, the call of the muezzin has been amplified by multiple loudspeakers, resulting in tremendous noise pollution starting at 4:30 AM every morning.
Loudspeaker system used in Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
While Jewish residents have been most vocal in complaining about the muezzin loudspeakers, local Muslims have expressed outrage over the bill, which last week gained approval from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Continue Reading »
Likud political ad promising to end noisy Muslim call to prayer in early morning is nixed by Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran for its offensive content.
By Maayana Miskin
A Likud ad promising to end loud Muslim prayers in the early morning hours has been nixed by Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran, who heads the Central Elections Committee, Maariv/nrg reports.
The ad reads, “Silencing the muezzin in Yafo? Only the Likud can.” The muezzin is the prayer leader who broadcast the Muslim call to prayer over a loudspeaker five times a day.
Member of Knesset Omer Bar-Lev of the Labor party complained to the Elections Committee about the ad. Continue Reading »