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Israel approves bill to hush ‘noisy’ mosques

Israel flag and Herzliya flag

Israel flag and Herzliya flag. Photo: David Shay.

Israel’s ministerial committee has approved a draft bill to limit noise pollution by banning the use of outdoor loudspeakers which announce Muslim calls to prayer. Opponents of the bill call it “racist,” despite the Israeli PM voicing strong support.

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the so-called “muezzin bill,” drafted to address endless complaints of excessive noise, especially in the early hours of the morning.

“Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens – in the Galilee, Negev, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa and other places in central Israel – suffer regularly and daily from the noise caused by the call of the muezzin from mosques,” reads the legislation.

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