BY DANIEL ESTRIN
Some Muslims in Israel recently held an “American Idol”-style contest for the best teen muezzin. That’s the person who chants the call to prayer. Muslims are a minority in Israel, and the contest served as a sort of protest.
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These calls to prayer ring out from mosques often through loudspeakers five times a day beginning in the early morning. Israel’s prime minister says he’s gotten complaints about them. There’s support in Parliament to silence or control their volume.
SHAPIRO: That brings us back to that contest. NPR’s Daniel Estrin went to see it in the city of Jaffa.