Israeli Lawmakers Rework Bill to Limit Mosque Noise


Ynetnews reports:  MKs in the coalition have been striving over the past few days to phrase the “Muezzin Bill” in a way that would overcome the ultra-Orthodox parties’ block on the legislation.

MKs Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) and Coalition Chairman David Bitan (Likud) have been holding conversations with other parliamentarians and with figures in the ultra-Orthodox public regarding the bill, which is officially entitled “Limiting noise from houses of prayer.” Whilst ostensibly intended to uniformly apply to houses of worship of all religions, the bill is known to seek to quiet the mosques’ muezzins at late night and early morning hours.

However, the ultra-Orthodox parties were concerned that such a bill would prevent their use of sirens to mark the beginning of Shabbat in Jewish areas and blocked it.

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