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Finance Committee Chairman MK Moshe Gafni

The Shas Sephardic religious party and the United Torah Judaism party factions have both announced their opposition to advancing the Muezzin Bill.

The measure is intended to cap the decibel level on loudspeakers at the mosques when broadcasting the traditional Islamic call to prayer throughout the neighborhoods.

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UTJ Knesset member Moshe Gafni and Shas Knesset member Yitzhak Vaknin both said they would not support further advance of the bill.

Joint Arab List MK Ahmed Tibi asked the two lawmakers to publicly commit themselves to stop the advance of the measure, with Gafni agreeing to do so.

Vaknin said he would only vote in the preliminary round.

“This coalition misses no opportunity to light a fire and jam its fingers into the eyes of the Arab public,” said Tibi.

“We’ll do everything to prevent the legislative progress of this stupid and terrible law. There’s no doubt that we’ll have a dialogue with the haredi parties in this context.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.