Hamas chief: Israel ‘Playing with Fire’ With Bill Banning Mosque Noise

AP Photo/Osama Faisal
AP/Osama Faisal

The Times of Israel reports: Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Sunday threatened Israel over proposed legislation that would ban mosques from using loudspeakers to sound the traditional call to prayer.

In a statement sent to the official Turkish News Agency Anadolu, Mashaal, who resides in Qatar, said that by advancing the bill, Israel was “playing with fire.”

Last week, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved draft legislation to limit the volume on announcements from Israeli houses of worship. The Muslim prayer calls, traditionally announced through minarets five times a day and often amplified with loudspeakers, have been a frequent target of right-wing ire, with some claiming they are an unnecessarily loud nuisance that echoes in Jewish towns and neighborhoods.

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