Muazzin Bill Legislation Dispute in Israel
Jerusalem, Israel. 30th November, 2016. TAWFIK ELAYAN, Muazzin of the Al-Rahman mosque in the village of Bet Safafa, performs the 'ElAzzan', call to prayer, through a sound amplification system. The Israeli government proposed legislation to ban religious institutions from using outdoor loudspeakers, called the 'Muazzin Bill', as in the Muslim call to prayer which occurs 5 times a day. The bill, labeled a threat to the Muslim communities and a move by the Israeli government to shut down mosques, is scheduled to come up for a preliminary vote.