A bill was presented in Knesset recently dubbed the Minaret Bill, addressing the unacceptably loud noise levels emanating from mosques, which customarily use loudspeakers. The bill cites that the abuse of loudspeakers results in nuisance to thousands of residents around the country five times daily.
While the media was quick to label the bill “discriminatory”, it appears it is gaining support among lawmakers. In the Shuafat area of the capital for example, the loudspeakers of the main mosque were targeted by area residents on a number of occasions due to the noise levels which are disturbing to citizens, the daily HaMevaser reports.
Neighbors living adjacent to the main Shuafat mosque have called on mosque officials to “lower the volume”, explaining that they are bothered numerous times daily as a result of the volume. The same holds true in many other areas, where residents awaken to the wining sound of the loudspeakers and residents complain small children are regularly prevented from falling asleep as a result of evening prayers over the loudspeakers.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)