Israel’s Muslims fear worst as Netanyahu eyes curbs on mosque prayer calls

IKSAL, Israel — In this Galilean village three miles south of Nazareth, the muezzins’ chants from atop three mosques are as much a part of the landscape as the olive groves that ring the town.

“It’s not a noise,” said Mohammad Darawshe, a 53-year-old Iksal resident who lives about 500 yards from the city’s largest mosque, a poured concrete structure whose domed, blue-tile top serves as the village’s dominating landmark. “It’s been part of the scene here for 1,400 years.”

A muezzin, a Muslim cleric, traditionally climbed the steps of the mosque’s minaret five times a day to call the faithful to prayer. Since the 1930s, the call usually has come from a microphone conveniently located on the mosque’s ground floor and hooked up to loudspeakers at the top of the tower.

But the amplification of Arabic chants has provided a legal opening for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s parliamentary coalition to weigh stiffer penalties for noise coming from “places of worship” — creating yet another point of grievance and tension for Israel’s Arab minority.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    People don’t want to have to listen to calls to prayer from a pagan religion. Allah is not the God worshipped by Jews and Christians. Allah is a repurposed moon god.

    Israelis might be a little more tolerant of Islam if its followers were not constantly trying to destroy the people of Israel. At noon on Friday Israel will once again get to deal with an American president who likes Israel.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Muslims do not react with fear. They react with psychosis driven by groundless egotism.

    Sura 8:65 “Exhort the believers to fight. They will win easily, because disbelievers are without intelligence.”

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