Quieten calls to prayer in Israel – Netanyahu

Source: BBC

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is backing a proposal to quieten calls to prayer, saying he has received complaints from all quarters about “noise and suffering”.

Later on Sunday a government committee will discuss a draft bill that contains the plan.

Israeli media say the measure would stop mosques from using PA systems for their five-times-daily calls to prayer.

Critics say the move would be unnecessarily divisive.

The volume limitations would apply to all religions but will mainly impact on Muslims’ call to prayer from mosques. The first of these is at dawn and the last is after sunset.

About 17.5% of people who live in Israel are ethnically Arabic and most of these are Muslims.

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