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Former Jerusalem Grand Mufti at War with Knesset over Mosque Noise Pollution

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

“Anyone who is angered by the call of the muezzin, should leave,” Former Jerusalem Grand Mufti Sheikh Ekrima Sabri told worshipers at the Al Aqsa mosque on Friday, meaning, of course, leave the country. He suggested that “Israel has no right to intervene with the call of the muezzin, because it is contrary to freedom of worship.”

The Knesset’s Ministerial Legislative Committee on Sunday debates a proposed bill to ban muezzins from using mosque loudspeakers to call the faithful to prayer or to make religious or nationalistic announcements. Proposed by MK Moti Yogev (HaBayit HaYehudi), Merav Ben-Ari (Kulanu), and Miki Zohar and Nurit Koren (Likud), the bill explains that “hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens routinely and daily suffer from the noise caused by Muazin calls at the mosques. The proposed law introduces a world view according to which freedom of religion must not damage the quality of life.”

Back in 2011, then MK Anastassia Michaeli (Yisrael Beiteinu) introduced the first “muezzin law,” requiring mosques to dial down the volume on the calls made over mosque PA systems at the five daily Muslim prayer times, but clarified that her bill does not intend to target any specific group. Michaeli said she came up with the bill after visiting the mixed cities of Lod and Ramla, where Jews have been complaining about the Muslims’ noisy devotion.

The original Muezzin bill was tabled and the Knesset ordered a report that said the use of loudspeakers began at about the same time as loudspeakers had been invented, and recommended a dialogue with the Muslim religious authorities rather than an environmental law.

But, judging by Sheikh Sabri’s recent statements, that the call to prayer is not just a Muslim ritual, but an act of worship, and that banning it would represent a violation of freedom of worship, a dialogue may not be in the cards.

MK Yogev’s bill, which has been in the works since 2015 and was tabled once, came back for a vote Sunday after several weeks in which residents of Pisgat Ze’ev in eastern Jerusalem yelled out muezzin calls at the top of their lungs one early morning in front of home of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, to share with him their daily experience, as well as the experience of the Jewish residents of the Shuafat, Beit Hanina and A-ram mixed Jerusalem neighborhoods.

“This morning we had to shatter the tranquility of Beit Hakerem in Jerusalem as part of our struggle with the muezzin noise [with] loudspeakers to emulate the sounds mosques disturbing thousands of families in the various neighborhoods of Jerusalem,” Yossi Davidoff, one of the protesters, told Ynet, noting that they started hollering only at 6 AM and not when the muezzins do it, at 5 AM and earlier, out of consideration for Mayor Barkat and his neighbors.

Police arrived shortly thereafter and removed the protesters for violating the same noise pollution laws that hundreds, even thousands of muezzins defy five times a day, every day, in Israel. Aryeh King, a member of the Jerusalem City Council, told TPS, “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 5 meters away.'”

“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,” King said, complaining that “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.”

For his part, Sheikh Sabri was quoted as saying that the real noise pollution was the sound of Israeli military jets hovering in the Jerusalem sky, the sound of Israeli military tanks raiding Arab cities and villages, and the noise of bombs fired at Arab citizens. In other words, should this new law pass, a few muezzins will have to be rounded up and jailed, receiving rebuke from the US State Dept… No, wait, Trump was just elected US President.

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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

In Lod, ‘Shema Yisrael’ to Blast Response to Islamic Muezzin

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

The Jewish mayor of Lod in central Israel has decided to address neighborhood noise in a similar style but just a different language.

Lod is a mixed-population city with some 45,000 Jews and 21,000 Arabs, and both entitled to pray in their own houses of worship.

The Islamic muezzin calls its worshipers to prayer five times a day via a loudspeaker which blares a chant over the neighborhood, including in the wee hours of the morning.

Mayor Yair Revivo has received numerous complaints from Jewish residents about the recorded Muslim calls to prayer, which have allegedly grown louder of late, according to the Walla! News site.

Revivo said Wednesday the daily calls have become a cause of “daily suffering and annoyance” for Jewish residents and Arabs, for that matter, who live close to the mosques. They constitute a “clear breach of the law on noise,” he said.

In response, Revivo said the city would blast the “Shema Yisrael” prayer of the Jews (Hear O Israel) each time, over loudspeakers, until the mosques lower the volume of the calls to prayer.

The mayor made the announcement during the traditional second round of Hakafot hosted by the city that takes place on the night after the end of Simchat Torah.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel: Okay to Demolish 30 Illegal Structures in “Arab” Susiya

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The State of Israel has the right to demolish 30 illegal structures built in the new and illegal Arab “village” of Susiya, according to a draft document to be submitted Wednesday to the High Court of Justice.

Although usually the Defense Ministry Civil Administration decides these issues, this time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would make the call on whether or not to demolish the structures, rather than Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the document stated.

The prime minister’s review would take until the end of October, after the completion of the Jewish high holy days, after which time the state would inform the Court whether the shacks would be legalized, or demolished.

The state warned the Court, however, that legal remedies would remain in place against any new construction that appears in the area after 2014, and that laws against illegal construction would be enforced.

The Regavim nongovernmental organization (NGO) has consistently researched and litigated the case against any new building by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority in the area, which is completely under the control of Israel.

Regavim is calling on Israel to demolish all illegal structures post-2014, regardless of international pressure.

The United States and the European Union have for months been pressuring Israel to legalize the village. The European Union has in addition been encouraging the Palestinian Authority to continue illegal construction in Area C. In some cases, this activity has actually forced Israel to demolish structures built with funding, or directly, illegally built by the European Union itself.

Due to the sensitive diplomatic nature of the issue, the matter was sent directly to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for attention.

The modern Jewish community, established in 1983 under the Mount Hebron Regional Council, is located next to the ancient city of Susiya, now an archaeological site featuring a 5th-8th CE synagogue with a magnificent mosaic floor, and the mosque that replaced it.

The site was formally declared an archaeological site in 1986 by the Israel Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration; the Arab population chose to locate its “village” precisely on the same spot.

The IDF expelled the squatters, who began with 25 families in 1986, despite opposition from the United Nations which claimed they were living in “houses” at the time. The Arab villagers were moved instead to a site few hundred meters southeast of the original ancient city.

Just 13 families comprised Arab Susiya in 2008. But as it became more fashionable in the international community to target Israel’s right to govern Area C of the Oslo Accords, Mount Hebron and the area around it rose to prominence as a key battleground. Arab Susiya did too, and by 2015 the “village” rose to its current population of 50 families, comprising several hundred people.

Hana Levi Julian

Analysis: JTA Officially Joins Palestinian Propaganda Machine, Naming Cave of the Patriarch ‘Ibrahimi Mosque’

Friday, July 1st, 2016

In a story headlined “Palestinian woman shot after reportedly trying to stab officer in Hebron,” the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (because the telegraph means progress) picked up the Palestinian Ma’an news agency practically verbatim, including the astonishing reference to an ancient building dating back to early Biblical times. So, brace yourselves, here goes:

“The woman, identified on Ynet as Sara Hajaj, 27, on Friday tried to carry out a stabbing attack near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron, Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said. Border Police shot her after she had tried to stab an officer at a checkpoint with a knife, Israeli police said.”

JTA text

Never mind all the “reportedly” stuff, which is JTA for the Palestinian Ma’an news agency’s despicable “allegedly,” an absurd term used to downgrade the veracity of the reports on crimes routinely carried out by Arab murderers. Never mind that JTA opted to quote a Ma’an story that quotes a perfectly acceptable Israeli website. The fact that the Jewish telegraph operators over on Seventh Avenue are not aware of the fact that Jews refer to the site in Hebron as Ma’arat Ha’Makhpela, or the cave of the Patriarch, and they use the Arab name for the mosque on the site should put in question this agency’s entire body of report on Israeli topics.

Honestly, did Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld really refer to the site as “the Ibrahimi Mosque?” Are they compeletely cut off from Israeli reality over there?

That first telegraphic atrocity was followed by this paragraph:

“In a second attack on Thursday, an armed Israeli civilian shot dead a Palestinian man in the Israeli coastal city of Netanya after he allegedly carried out a stabbing attack, leaving two Israelis wounded.”

He didn’t “allegedly” stab his Jewish victims, he really, really did stab them, a 40-year-old Haredi man and a 62-year-old woman who don’t live in the “occupied territories,” who aren’t involved in any way in oppressing anyone save for the chickens they were about to buy for Shabbat, who were attacked viciously simply because they were Jews — what is “alleged” about that incident, which was documented by dozens of media sources, including Ha’aretz, where JTA normally copies its stuff. What’s the meaning of this “allegedly” here? They weren’t stabbed? They stabbed themselves? The Arab guy lying face down on the pavement is not the killer? He was shot because he was handing out pamphlets inviting people to a Humus festival?

Something nasty is taking place in modern Jewish American journalism, and the most disheartening signs of that nastiness are evident in what used to be a half decent Jewish news service, albeit one utilizing telegraph poles to disseminate its bulletins.

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David Israel

Ukraine Intelligence Foils Plan to Attack French Synagogues, Mosques During Euro 2016

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Ukraine intelligence officials have foiled a terror plot to attack Jewish and Muslim houses of worship during the UEFA Euro 2016 international soccer tournament in France.

A 25-year-old nationalist French terrorist, Gregoire M., was arrested Monday on Ukraine’s border with Poland by the country’s State Security Service (SBU).

Under interrogation the suspect revealed that he had acquired a massive arsenal with which to carry out some 15 planned attacks during the games.

SBU chief Vasyl Hrytsak told a news conference the suspect possessed guns, detonators and 125 kilos of TNT explosives with which to target mosques and synagogues.

“The Frenchman spoke negatively about his government’s actions, mass immigration, the spread of Islam and globalization, and also talked about plans to carry out several terrorist attacks,” Hrytsak told journalists.

He had made contact with illegal armed groups in Ukraine, according to the SBU chief, in order to purchase weapons and explosives.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Naqba Day Sirens to Sound at Noon (or Not)

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

See the siren update at the bottom of the article.

In Palestinian Authority mosques throughout Judea and Samaria, the Arabs will be replacing their calls to prayer, incitement speeches and Islamic messages with the Naqba siren, at noon on Sunday, according to security sources.

Naqba Day commemorates the day when the neighboring Arab countries and people gathered together to attack and destroy the fledgling Jewish state in May of 1948 – and spectacularly failed, proving that despite Islam’s replacement theology, Allah is a Zionist.

The siren will sound at noon for 2 minutes, and all PA pedestrians will try to stop throwing firebombs and stones, as well as driving their cars into Jews and blowing up buses and restaurants. They will stand at attention, in yet another cheap imitation of Israel.

It may be the safest two minutes in Israel’s history.

As of Sunday morning there have been reports of Arab stone throwing in multiple locations, and one Israeli driver was injured after a stone hit his car in the Binyamin region.

As an aside, we’re eagerly waiting to see what the Israeli-Arab MKs in the Knesset will be doing at noon.

So if you hear the siren, don’t get nervous, it’s not an air raid. It’s just the Arabs upset they didn’t succeed at genocide in 1948.

Happy Naqba Day.


Update: Sirens were not heard in western Gush Etzion, Hebron, Kedumim, Maaleh Efraim nor Maaleh Adumim.

The siren was heard in the Talmon-Dolev area in the Shomron, east of Modi’in.

One person from Beit El reports hearing a siren, others in Beit El didn’t.

We are waiting to hear reports from other areas of Judea and Samaria.


Shalom Bear

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