Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he backs a bill limiting the volume of calls to prayer from mosques, a proposal government watchdogs call a threat to religious freedom. The draft bill applies to all houses of worship, it is seen as specifically targeting mosques only. He said in a cabinet meeting that “I cannot count the times – they are simply too numerous – that citizens have turned to me from all parts of Israeli society, from all religions, with complaints about the noise and suffering caused them by the excessive noise coming to them from the public address systems of houses of prayer.”
Israel’s population is roughly 17.5 percent Arab, most of them Muslim, and they accuse the Jewish majority of badly discriminating against them. East Jerusalem is also mainly Palestinian and traditional calls to prayer by muezzins through public address systems can be heard in the city. The Israel Democracy Institute, a non-partisan think-tank, has spoken out against the proposal. On Sunday, 13 November, 2016, one of the group’s officials accused Israel’s right-wing politicians of dangerously using the issue to gain political points under the guise of improving quality of life.
Meanwhile, Palestinian presidency official spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina, warned of the danger of the latest Israeli procedures of legislation outposts and prevent prayers call for Muslim prayer through mosque loudspeakers, which will drag the region into a disaster. Mentioning these measures as completely unacceptable, the Palestinian leadership have decided to go to the UN Security Council and to all the international institutions, to stop this Israeli escalating measures. According to Israeli sources, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved unanimously on a draft regulation bill that seeks to regularize the status of thousands of housing units in settlements built on private Palestinian land. Israeli Minister of Education and the far-right Jewish Home Party president ,Naftali Bennett who introduced draft decisions for voting said after the vote that “Israel today began a historical process to arrange a settlement in Judea and Samaria.
On the other hand the ministerial committee also approved legislation on Prevention prayer call over loudspeakers for Muslims after it was put to a vote and the resolution was voted on unanimously. Palestinian Minister of Awqaf and Religious Affairs Yusuf Adeis, denounced on Sunday evening, the approval of the ministerial committee for legislation in the Israeli government, to prevent the call to prayer in Jerusalem and surrounding Arab neighborhoods. He called the international community and the Arab and Islamic worlds, and international institutions to protect the holy Islamic and Christian holy sites and places, calling for immediate action to push the Israeli government to retreat from these extremist and irresponsible decisions.