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Rock Beats Muezzin: Offensive Mosque Speakers Removed after Threat of Reprisal


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That’s all it took – a well coordinated campaign that delivered a simple message to the Muezzin and the local leaders in the village of Al Issawiya, near the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem: If you don’t stop waking us up at 5 in the morning and disturbing us with unbelievably high Allah-inspired decibels four more times during the day, we’ll hire a special events company with four giant speakers that normally accompany the likes of Madonna and Mick Jagger, and blast you back.

According to Mynet, the residents of French Hill, Har Choma and Pisgat Ze’ev scored a decisive victory in the battle against the muezzin speakers of the mosque without actually having to ever make good on their threat.

The stupendous response their plight and their battle plan was receiving online, and most emphatically right here, at the Jewish Press (some sites were undecided, but we don’t harbor much liberalism when it comes to Muezzin wakeup calls), encouraged the Jewish residents of those three neighborhoods to keep up their threats.

This led to a meeting between the sound-warring sides, a meeting that included the commanding officer of the local police station, the Mukhtar (chief) of Al-Issawiya Darwish Darwish, the Imam of the local mosque, Sami Muchsein, the director of the French Hill Community Administration, Yochanan Bechler, and the Jerusalem municipality’s director of Emergency and Security section Itzik Nidam.

Our understanding is that during the meeting the guy from French Hill went into specific detail regarding the amazing rock concerts his neighbors were going to be treated to starting, say, at 2 every morning. There may have been talk of the effect of the late Jimmy Hendrix could have on a picturesque little village in the mountains.

The last time rock music was used in anger was when President Bill Clinton’s FBI laid a siege on the Branch Davidian compound west of Waco, Texas, in 1993, using loudspeakers to generate high decibel sounds of laughter, birds squawking, sirens, rabbits being slaughtered, rock music, and Tibetan chants.

We have no idea whether or not the above alternatives were used to illustrate what some angry Jewish neighbors who’ve had enough can do with four really big speakers. We do know that in the end Mukhtar Darwish Darwish blinked and promised to remove the speakers that were trained at the Jewish neighborhood.

“We were very afraid that they would direct speakers with noisy music at the neighborhood homes, and also we want to be good neighbors,” he said. “We decided that four speakers are enough.”

If this incident doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about living in peace in the Middle East, nothing will. Over here, the late great President Teddy Roosevelt no doubt would have advised: “Speak Loudly and carry two big sticks.”

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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57 Responses to “Rock Beats Muezzin: Offensive Mosque Speakers Removed after Threat of Reprisal”

  1. Benjamin Rau says:

    LMAO… Fight fire with fire…. :D

  2. Heshy R says:

    He thinks it’s not kosher.

  3. Joanna Leigh says:

    That’ll shut ‘em up. Either that, or they’ll up the ante and windows and ears will be sacrificed in this high frequency Royal Rumble.

  4. I was there, and the LOUD prayers coming from the nearby mosques could be heard for miles around, it seemed. (we stayed in 3 different hotels in Israel) the prayers, chants, and whatever else it is.. ESPECIALLY THE ONES THEY BLAST FROM THE MOSQUES AT 5:00am, were extremely disturbing and annoying! We were deprived of SLEEP! had to be up early for our daily tours. bot not that early!!! I hope this can be stopped throughout Israel, if it’s within earshot of Jewish, secular, and other neighborhoods! And since it’s coming from a false, man-made doctrine (of hell, NOT HaShem, who is The One and Only True G-d!) this makes it so much more ridiculous and pointless.. the things people are willing to do for a lie! smh…

  5. Good! I’m glad they’re praying, but the rest of the world still has the right to sleep

  6. Anonymous says:

    What an idiot this guy is. it would have been inconceivable, I suppose, for all the parties to sit down and negotiate this like adults. Instead some childish threat was issued that would have hurt everybody and the idiot who wrote this article is actually proud of that.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Why is it that the only language these guys understand is violence? Why can't they negotiate in good faith without the need to waste everyone's time and money playing this stupid and infantile games?

  8. I think blasting MBD's "Yidin" at 2 am would have definitely sent a message.

  9. Anonymous says:

    now this is sarcasm why cant the both parties sit down and have some talks and come to a solution.

  10. Anya Khan says:

    was anyone shot? No! Were negotiators burned alive for talking to Jews? No! You are kind of a whiny little baby aren't you?

  11. Kalim Ullah says:

    this is example of suppression of muslims rights of religious freedom..Israel will be wiped out from map one day..ur promised land is hell..& jews are cursed people..ALLAH AKBAR.

  12. Chaiya Eitan says:

    oh….shut up…

  13. Chaiya Eitan says:

    they did sit down…or didn't you read the article…? idiot…

  14. The residents of French Hill have been trying for YEARS. They requested nicely for the speakers to be removed. Unfortunately, the only thing they understand is force. No one wants it to be this way, but what are we supposed to do? Would YOU like to be awakened at a quarter to five every single morning?

  15. Chaiya Eitan says:

    LOL Our Promised Land is hell?? LOL LOL It's a paradise here!

  16. Kalim Ullah says:

    u r backed by devil USA..just wait..billions are SALADIN are waiting to crush you..relly u people are are cursed people from the time of Holy prophet Moses (peace be upon him)..

  17. Chaiya Eitan says:

    LOL LOL LOL oy….you poor guy….you have no idea what you are talking about….And by the way, Moses is our guy….not yours.

  18. Kalim Ullah says:

    this is really ridiculous..israeli now proved to be satanic people..time is coming to vanish from the world map..ALLAH AKBAR.

  19. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Kalim Ullah It's a paradise here because Israel is a world center of technology. You are probably using something that was invited/developed here in Israel. So, I suggest that you get rid of: your computer and your cell phone.

  20. Chaiya Eitan says:

    invented – I meant to say.

  21. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Kalim Ullah And did you know that in your Quran it says that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people? I bet you didn't know that.

  22. Dan Neuman says:

    Israel is the only country in the middle east where Arabs enjoy religious freedom. Come visit Jerusalem and see every 5 feet arab women taking driving lessons! They all live better in Israel than in any arab country and they know it. If our promised land is hell what do you call Syria? Hell's Sewer? Go ask all the refugees in Syria running for their lives how great the freedom in their wonderful koranadanadingdong kingdom is.

  23. Chaiya Eitan says:

    And – don't forget to mention – that the Druze students from Israel who have been studying in Syria are begging to be able to come back to Israel where they live.

  24. Kalim Ullah says:

    u have cursed from the prophet Moses (peace be upon him)..deviated by his right religion & following satanic path..u people also troubled Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him)..don;t worry..He (Jesus) is coming back soon to vanish you people…

  25. Dan Neuman says:

    Wow Kalim – that was really coherent, for an inbred desert monkey.

  26. Kalim Ullah says:

    just wait u swine..

  27. Yori Yanover says:

    Why can't we all get along, you mean? Let's see… How long are you on our planet? Do you and your crew need a place for Shabbat?

  28. Dan Neuman says:

    Durkah Durkah Mohammed Jihad

  29. Yori Yanover says:

    A dispute between two hostile neighborhoods was resolved without bloodshed? You bet your poopik I'm proud to report it. have you seen what happens in Al Issawiya when things don't work out peacefully?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/5726726384/

    The idiot who keeps writing these pieces.

  30. Kalim Ullah says:

    la'anati yahoodi..dozakh mei hamesha rahne wale..

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