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Jerusalem Protesters Give Mayor Barkat a Taste of the Muezzin Noise They Suffer Through [video]

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

by Ilana Messika
Residents of the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev emulated a muezzin call early Thursday morning in front of the Beit Hakerem residence of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to protest the ongoing disturbance from Muslim calls to prayer emanating from the Shuafat, Beit Hanina and A-Ram neighborhoods.

“There is a ‘noise regulation’ law in Israel restricting the amount, duration, source and timing of noise [in the public sphere] and the Muezzin calls are an infringement on that legislation,” rights activist and Jerusalem City Council member Aryeh King told TPS.

“Over the last year, the muezzins have ramped up the volume to insane levels, not only for [prayer calls] but also for weddings and other celebrations,” he said.

King said that in 2015, the Jerusalem City Council budgeted half a million shekels to enforce those regulations and to find technological solutions to resolve the issue. However, in October 2015, Mayor Barkat decided to reallocate this money for other pressing matters.

“I tried to convince him [Barkat] not cut the budget, and he promised to redistribute the funds on that issue during 2016. But a year has gone by and nothing has been done, which is why we decided to protest,” King said.

The activists came at 6 am to perform the muezzin call and claimed that they actually showed consideration to Barkat and the neighbors by not doing so at the actual time that they are routinely woken up.

“This morning we had to shatter the tranquility of Beit Hakerem in Jerusalem as part of our struggle with the muezzin noise [with] loudspeakers in order to emulate the sounds of mosques disturbing thousands of families in the various neighborhoods of Jerusalem,” said Yossi Davidoff, one of the organizers.

Police removed the protesters after a few minutes.

King said that the Arab community suffers from this issue no less than their Jewish neighbors.

“I brought Arab residents to testify at the Knesset and they have said the same thing: ‘You live 500 meters away from the loudspeakers, but we live only five meters away,’” he related.

“There are three parties who have jurisdiction to deal with this issue on their own – Ze’ev Elkin’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and, Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan,” King said.

Erdan recently gave a countrywide order for the police to enforce the noise regulation law.

On Wednesday, Nir Barkat charged Jerusalem Municipality General Director Amnon Merhav with the task of formulating a plan together with the police to effectively regulate and supervise compliance with the law as well.

“Anybody who has not been woken by the muezzin in the morning or in the evening will never understand how annoying it is,” King said. “This will not be our last protest in front of the Mayor’s house.”

Andrew Friedman contributed to this article.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Municipality Expands Jewish Community in Eastern Jerusalem Despite Faint Leftist Outcry

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The Jerusalem planning committee on Wednesday approved using a third of an acre of the Jabal Mukkaber neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem to build religious facilities for the Jewish neighborhood of Nof Zion, where about 90 families reside. Nof Zion overlooks the Old City, and the view encourages construction of luxury housing, despite the vicinity of the Arab neighborhood, from which several terror attacks have been launched this year. The Jewish land was purchased in the 1970s.

Councilwoman Laura Wharton (Meretz), speaking to Ha’aretz, said the land is designated for a synagogue and a mikvah (ritual bath).

The Jerusalem municipality released a statement saying, “The area in question is part of the Nof Zion neighborhood, intended for public buildings and a synagogue. The land is located in the center of the neighborhood surrounded by Jewish homes and isn’t [built] at the expense of Jabal Mukkaber. The city is working to find solutions for all its residents and to erect public buildings for the residents of both Nof Zion and Jabal Mukkaber.”

The city has already earmarked about $2.9 million a year ago, for building a mikvah in the Jewish neighborhood of Ma’aleh Zeitim in eastern Jerusalem, near the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur.

Wharton complained that “tens of thousands of Palestinians living near Nof Zion are short of classrooms, kindergartens, public parks, community centers and basic services. The city adds to its sins by advancing construction plans for new residents while failing to permit construction for the Palestinians.” She also suggested that “all Israeli citizens are paying for the expropriation of land for a small number of settlers, who move into Palestinian areas which none of the world recognizes as Israeli territory.”

Councilwoman Laura Wharton’s Meretz party only netted two seats on the Jerusalem City Council, the rest are religious and nationalist members, and not a single member is Arab. The reason is that Jerusalem Arabs habitually boycott the elections, some out of resentment of the Jewish takeover back in 1967, most because they fear retribution. No self-preserving Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem would dare run for the Zionist city council, because, win or lose, his life expectancy would be meager.

According to American analyst Nathan Thrall, in municipal plans 52% of the land in eastern Jerusalem is barred from development, 35% is designated for Jewish neighborhoods, and 13% is for Arab use, roughly comparable to the current ratio of Jewish (64%) and Arab (36%) residents of Jerusalem.

Arabs make up 20.7% of the Israeli population.

Recently, Israel approved hundreds of new homes designated for Jewish and Arab communities in Jerusalem.

JNi.Media

Jerusalem’s Arabs Support Arieh King

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Even as the Channel 2 Television Authority refused to run Arieh King’s political commercial, in which he stated he wants to block Jerusalem’s “moazins” from blasting prayers over the loudspeakers at all hours, King ran a parlor meeting in the home of Awaida Yunis in the neighborhood of Wadi Kadum in Jerusalem, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

King, a well known pro-Israel activist, is running for Jerusalem city council in the upcoming elections, representing Jerusalem’s  periphery neighborhoods, including the one he lives in.

But while other candidates for mayor and city council have been meeting with various rabbis, King has been busy meeting the Muchtars (clan leaders) of the various Arab neighborhoods.

Yunis who hosted the parlor meeting said that while he doesn’t support all of King’s political agendas, this election is about services, and he want eastern Jerusalem to receive the same quality of services that the west side of town receives.

Yunis said that his neighborhood of 1500 Arabs will all go out to vote for King, whom they believe will work to clean up their neighborhoods, and improve municipal services.

King said that most of the Jerusalem’s Arabs want to remain under Israeli sovreignity, and that his party “United Jerusalem” will fight to make sure it stays that way.

King added that he has been working for years with his Arab neighbors to improve the cleanliness of the streets and increase local security.

King promised his listeners that he will work to build more parks and schools in the Arab neighborhoods.

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