web analytics
September 17, 2014 / 22 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Mosque’s Loud Prayer Generates Mega-Decibel ‘Battle of the Bands’


F100125MA91

Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/FLASH90

After the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem has decided to play very loud music, in defiance of the volume and disturbance of the sound of the muezzin at the mosque in nearby Al-Issawiya, two additional Jewish neighborhoods, Pisgat Ze’ev and Har Choma, have announced that they, too, will take up a similar approach. French Hill also decided to go with hard rock, and not Mediterranean tunes, as had originally been planned, because, as they put it, hard rock is more likely to deliver the message.

According to Yediot Jerusalem, the French Hill neighborhood has recently approached an amplification company with an order for four huge speakers to be directed at Al-Isawiya. As soon as the village muezzin will start his exceedingly loud prayer, it will be responded to with ear shattering Rock n’ Roll, letting local Arabs understand how disturbing the loud prayers have been to their Jewish neighbors.

Har Choma and Pisgat Ze’ev residents are waiting to see the results from the French Hill “pilot.” If the protest via rock blasts succeeds, the other two neighborhoods, situated on the border of the Jerusalem municipality, will follow suit.

Har Choma residents are coping with the sound of the muezzin from the villages of Umm Tuba and Sur Baher. Pisgat Ze’ev residents receive their 5 daily Muslim inspiration calls from Beit Hanina, Shuafat and Anata.

Jerusalem’s city hall has attempted to negotiated between Al-Issawiya village head Darwish Darwish and the residents of French Hill. Darwish promised to regulate the noise level, but the French Hill residents are saying nothing has changed, and the muezzin call continue to reach unbearable decibels.

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

87 Responses to “Mosque’s Loud Prayer Generates Mega-Decibel ‘Battle of the Bands’”

  1. Gary Rumain says:

    LOL! Brilliant!

  2. Heshy R says:

    Rock'n'roll!

  3. Joyce Schriebman says:

    Hmmm… Weighing the merits of calling people to praise God vs deliberate effort to thwart that objective

  4. Guy Serbin says:

    The issue here is that said audible calls to prayer occur at 4-5 AM in the morning. If they only occurred mid-day or early evening no one would be complaining.

  5. Joyce Schriebman says:

    Thanks for adding that, Guy. Too bad that point isn't in the article. It would seem then this is a civic matter and, if the masjid has agreed to a change, the municipality should be more aggressive in getting that compliance. Cheering-on an escalation to the proble seems counter-productive.

  6. Reuven Lavi says:

    what should we play to the beitar people when their parties get too loud? remembering that it's tough to choose something that won't be a reward to the Nehalin residents up the hill, and vice versa when THEY do the noise. Maybe something connected to the IDF?

  7. Riiiight. So the municipality can then be accused of religious intolerance.

    If there were any concern at all for the rule of law, they would have complied already. They don't care about the law, and the municipality doesn't enforce the law.

  8. Guy Serbin says:

    That was mentioned in a different article elsewhere (http://www.jpost.com/Features/InThespotlight/Article.aspx?id=277028). The problem is that Israeli authorities are loathe to interfere with anything related to religion, even when said religious activities are excessive (for example, they don't enforce laws banning polygamy on Muslims either, even though said laws apply to everyone regardless of religion). I'm not saying the muezzin can't do his call to prayer at 4 AM, I'm just saying that he shouldn't use an amplifier then to do so. Please note also that this is the Middle East, and in opposition to traditional Western mentality, one has to prove to his adversary that he's crazier than they are. Hence the blasting of hard rock. But ultimately, the issue here is the failure of the local government to enforce the law prohibiting making loud noise during sleeping hours. The government should make it clear that the law is the law, and your desire to declare your religion superior to all others does not supersede the law or the right of others to a good night's rest. Fining or arresting a muezzin who makes obnoxiously loud noise early in the morning is not a human rights violation- he can do so without waking up people for kilometers.

  9. Joyce Schriebman says:

    Thanks, Guy, for providing a broader context with the link. I concur this is a civil matter and the parties in violation of civil ordinances should be fined. It's a matter of law, not religious freedom. This seems like a no-brainer. Instead it's become another opportunity to polarize an already aggravated community. I'll see you your crazy and raise you one of ours.

  10. It is also a big problem at Mahara Hamachpaeylah….

  11. Davide Shalome says:

    Joyce, there is a difference between calling the faithful in their village to prayer and deliberately raising the volume knowing full well that it is disturbing. I live in Gush Etzion, we also have this problem with several kfarim (villages) . Today in the age of technology when 99% of the Muslim population walks around with cell phones and beepers why they can not be alerted to prayer by SMS or beeper

  12. Chaya Goldstein says:

    I once had upstairs neighbors who blasted music late at night. Nothing worked. Not talking to them. Not banging on the ceiling with a broom. What did work was blasting "One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor" even louder than their music. Go for it!

  13. Aneela Afzal says:

    Be resonable….if the masjid has agreed to a certain noise level which is acceptable by all around, then the people in position need to make sure the rules are implemented and followed. Countering the noise with childish behaviour is only going to escalate the problem…..be civil.

  14. Popeye Zatar says:

    moses is crying in his grave. oh wait they don't believe in moses they believe in the devil I forgot because only the devil will stop people from praying sorry.

  15. Joyce Schriebman says:

    Rules are rules. Paul McCartney and The Boss had the plug pulled on their concert in Hyde Park last weekend when their playing went past curfew. :) http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/07/16/156840164/twist-but-dont-shout-mccartney-springsteen-have-plug-pulled-in-london?ft=1&f=1001.

  16. I HAVE READ ABOUT HOW THE BRITISH , UNDER THEIR MANDATE RULE, ARRESTED ANY JEW WHI BLEW THE SHOFAR AT THE WALL, AS IT "UPSET" THE MUSLIMS.
    PERSONALLY, I LOVE THEM LIKE THEY LOVE THE JEWS.

    BUT THEY HAVE TO COME TO SOME ARRANGEMENT TO TONE DOWN THEIR CALL TO PRAYER, BECAUSE, IF THE CARY ON WITH THEIR LOUD CALLS, AND ISRAEL DOES SIOMETHING IN RETALIATION, IT WILL CAUSE MORE TERRORISM.

    I THINK THE ASNWER IS TO TELL THE MUSLIMS THAT THEY EITHER TURN THEIR CALL DOWN SO THAT EVERYONE CAN SLEEP, OR ELSE, DISCONNECT THEIR ELECRICITY.

    WE DONOT WANT TO HAVE MORE WARS.

    THIS IS SOMETHING THEY HAVE DONE FOR MILLENIA. WHAT DID THEY DO BEFORE ELECTRICIRTY? HOW DID THEY CALL THEIR FAITHFUL TO PRAYER THEN?

  17. Shakib Ahsan says:

    i doubt if any rock and roll or rolling heads for that matter will be able to silent a call that has been on for 1400 years day in day out. if you believe that some punk music will be able to achieve what ten crusades couldn't accomplish then you should clear your ear canal.

  18. Yves Fridman says:

    The state of Israel is meant to be the model of diversity & tolerance in the middle east and we take pride in that.
    Now I'm not another spineless liberal and I grew up with Rock'n Roll, However, I hate to see us resorting to such irrational behavior, while there's always a more civilized (more Israeli) way of finding a solution, and that's what haf always differed us from the Arabs… just saying!

  19. Yves Fridman says:

    The state of Israel is meant to be the model of diversity & tolerance in the middle east and we take pride in that.
    Now I'm not another spineless liberal and I grew up with Rock'n Roll, However, I hate to see us resorting to such irrational behavior, while there's always a more civilized (more Israeli) way of finding a solution, and that's what had always differed us from the Arabs… just saying!

  20. Chaiya Eitan says:

    How about vary it from night to night…one night heavy metal; another night classical; another night Mizrachi; another night 60's rock, etc., etc.

  21. Brian Cooper says:

    Just blast some Justin Beiber…THAT will fix their asses..

  22. Cassandra Victoria says:

    Noise jihad: it works both ways! Heh!

  23. If the Temple Mount Institute wants to make something of it, I can put them in contact with an organisation of shofarists from around the world, including gentile folks, to organise an event to allow hundreds of shofars to drown out the offensive noise. Shalom and have a nice day, Brian Patmore.

  24. Josiah Ching says:

    Barney's 'I Love You' over and over again. :-p

  25. Gary Rumain says:

    Shakib Ahsan A bullet to the head of the pig dumb enough to climb up that minaret will solve the problem very quickly.

  26. Gary Rumain says:

    No point telling arselifters to be civil. They are vile scum.

  27. Shakib Ahsan says:

    gary the way the jews are roasting themselves in protest over price rise, pretty soon they will be scaling those minarets to test gravity.

  28. Mark Bird says:

    Start with Led Zepplins "communication Breakdown".

  29. Mark Bird says:

    Followed by Led Zepplins "Your Time is Gonna Come"

  30. Mark Bird says:

    Then maybe some Cat Stevens Hits Like

  31. Mark Bird says:

    Mohammed and Son

  32. Mark Bird says:

    Lady D Saudi

  33. Mark Bird says:

    Wind of my dead Muslim Soul

  34. Mark Bird says:

    Sad Obama

  35. Mark Bird says:

    Hard headed exploding Muslim woman

  36. Mark Bird says:

    Into White Burkas

  37. Mark Bird says:

    Im on My way to see Osama

  38. Mark Bird says:

    I Love my Goat

  39. Mark Bird says:

    But I mighrt Die Tonight (Its the Mossad)

  40. Mark Bird says:

    The first throat cut is the deepest

  41. Mark Bird says:

    Where do the children pkay with Kalishnakovs

  42. Mark Bird says:

    Here comes my camel

  43. Mark Bird says:

    Here comes my baby wife

  44. Luana Goriss says:

    Are you coming Saturday night? Just off the subject.

  45. Mark Bird says:

    Most probrably

  46. Shakib Ahsan A few gallons of enema will clear your arse canal as well. How about that for a solution, arselifter?

  47. The slapheads in Indonesia and Malaysia hates Lady Gaga so that could be an option to try as well.

  48. All arselifters deserve to feel the wrath of the Metal Gods every day of the year. If they can't handle it, the solution is simple. Move to a pislamic country instead.

  49. Arselifters also have an aversion to black canines so Black Dog would probably also annoy them. Zep has other fine tunes as Rock'n'Roll, When The Levee Breaks and Kashmir.

  50. Greg Bares says:

    Joyce Schriebman

  51. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Joyce, it is five times a day….and it is a provocation on their part. How did they do this before the advent of electricity?

  52. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Shakib Ahsan Hey…how was it done before the advent of electricity??? This is a deliberate provocation on their part.

  53. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Which was a stupid thing to do…..

  54. Greg Bares says:

    Joyce, your point is all warm and fuzzy, but what you forget is that these people are not praising the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but rather a figment of a psychomaniac, murderous, neurotic named mohammed. This is paramount to saying that we should support a loud "call to prayer" by the neo-nazis five times a day. In both cases the "call to prayer" is the diguise used to mask the call to murder ALL Jews and Christians and anyone else who won't convert their thinking to that of the evil perpetrator. Get a grip on reality Joyce, you may not have much time left to do so.

  55. A noise ordinance could work perfectly. This would be for all, across the board.

  56. Yves Fridman says:

    I have no doubts about that, but as tempting as it sounds,
    I refuse to behave like arabs.

  57. Brian Cooper says:

    Ms. Schreibman,…..=self-hating Jew? Guilty about Israels prosperity vs. the muslim choice to repeatedly go to war every time they can hatch another crop of cannon fodder?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Gidon Saar Resignation Announcement
Minister Gidon Saar Unexpectedly Announces Resignation
Latest News Stories

Reports from Lebanon say that Israeli Air Force planes flew over the Marjayoun area in Lebanon, launching flares.

its a deal

Despite previous claims, Hamas now denies they arrested any rocket crews. So, who do we believe?

Kotel Notes Cleaning

Western Wall’s employees, remove thousands of handwritten notes placed between the ancient stones of the Kotel, the Western Wall, Judaism’s second holiest site, in the Old City of Jerusalem. The operation is carried out twice each year: before the Passover festival in the spring and at the Jewish New Year in the fall. The prayer […]

Sharon memorial event in Minsk: Left to Right: Ambassador Shagal, Israel Maimon, Chaim Chesler, Gilad Sharon.

A memorial event with a special photo exhibition honoring the late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon took place on Monday.

The location of the gas chambers at the notorious Sobibor death camp has been revealed, Yad Vashem announced Wednesday.

Gidon Saar shocked and changed Israel’s political landscape today with his unexpected resignation from politics.

British sports store fired security guard who barred Jewish kids from entering the store.

Looming large over any efforts to rebuild Gaza is the ongoing split between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which continues to control the Gaza Strip.

New York City police are investigating the distribution of fliers marked with swastikas in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Russia and Egypt have reached a preliminary agreement for a $3.5 billion arms deals.

Israel has noted that in the past two months Hizbullah has changed its strategy to “breaking the silence,” an attempt to create deterrence toward Israel while the group is bogged down in fighting in Syria and Iraq.

It’s not yet clear if Nemmouche was acting on orders and, if so, whether the orders came from ISIS.

Prominent Muslims deny that ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group –has any real connection to Islam.

Hamas appears determined to sabotage the shaky Palestinian Authority unity government to which it belongs.

China’s Yuanda Enterprise Group announced last week that it had bought the Israeli company AutoAgronome Israel Ltd for $20 million in order to expand its business to high-tech agriculture.

Arameans are now recognized as a distinct nationality in Israel.

More Articles from Tibbi Singer
Can King Abdullah II of Jordan be saved?

King Abdullah’s participation in the upcoming NATO summit will be of “immeasurable illumination” on the strategy of confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS).

Dual US-Israeli citizen Steven Sotloff was the second American journalist to be beheaded earlier this summer before ISIS turned its attention to victims from other Western nations, but apparently the terrorists were unaware of Sotloff's Jewish and Israeli background.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has just released a video showing the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, according to a monitoring group.

Soros is basically about short selling, betting on the market to take a dive.

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin netted a reported $34 million when his brainchild was sold to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion. Ever since that day, the sometimes weird whiz kid Levchin, now 39, has been trying to do it again.

Blackwell, who has been accused of “inflaming prejudice,” says animals must be stunned before the cut.

But she’s in no hurry to get married, despite the fact that she’s expecting.

The Rebbe will be staying in R. Asher Lev Wolf’s luxurious apartment on Minchat Yitzchak Street in Jerusalem.

Kerry shares many of his unique and original solutions for Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and Tel Aviv.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/mosques-loud-prayer-generates-mega-decibel-battle-of-the-bands/2012/07/16/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: