Adhan ban bill passes first Knesset reading

Adhan ban bill

The Israeli Knesset passed Wednesday afternoon first reading of the edited motion of Adhan ban bill.

Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation had earlier approved an amendment to the contested Adhan ban bill, which seeks to impose limits on the Muslim call to prayer within the Green Line and in occupied Jerusalem, paving the way for the bill to be voted on in the Knesset.

The bill was modified to prevent the use of loudspeakers by mosques only between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., after ultra-Orthodox Israeli Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman filed an appeal against the draft law in November out of fear that it could also affect use of sirens for the weekly Jewish call for Shabbat.

Violations of the ban on loudspeakers during those hours will be fined 10,000 shekels ($2,665).

The bill will be submitted to the Knesset and will have to go through three rounds of votes before it can pass into law.

(Source / 08.03.2017)


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