In Jerusalem, an effort to quiet the call to prayer

JERUSALEM: Five times a day, loudspeakers at the top of nearly 200 minarets in this holy city call to Muslims to pray.

They blare before dawn and the wailing cry of the muezzins, or prayer callers, can be heard for miles.

Though it is a Middle East tradition that goes back centuries, some in this ancient city say the practice should give way to modern ordinances against excessive noise.

A section of the controversial Israeli barrier is seen close to a Jewish settlement near Jerusalem



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