Israeli Authorities Punish Mosque over Prayer Call as Crisis Escalates

The Israeli law aims at changing the character of Palestine. (Photo: Video grab, file)

The Israeli authorities in the city of Lod, which has a large Palestinian community, have imposed a 200-USD fine on a mosque after the Imam has recited the Sunset Prayer Call. The fine is the first following passing a law in the Israeli Kenesset the bans Muslim call to prayer claiming its ‘noise pollution.’

The Israeli Kenesset has passed the first draft of a legislation that imposes restrictions on the Muslim call to prayer.

The authorities said the call to prayer has “disturbed Jews living in the surrounding area of the mosque.”

Many experts believe that the Israeli law to ban Muslim call to prayer is part of a series of measures and laws that aim to change the cultural and religious character of Palestine by removing Islamic and Christian symbols and replacing them with Jewish ones.

The law has stirred outrage across the region. Palestinian churches have responded to the Israeli plan by reciting the Muslim call to prayer using the loudspeakers of churches.

Palestinians took to the roofs of their houses reciting the call to prayer. Protests were organized to stop the Israeli law. And most recently, footballs fans in Jordan have recited the call to prayer in refusal of the Israeli law, which they call racist.

(PC, SAMA)

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