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Israeli ministers approve Adhan ban bid

Hamas: Israeli ban on Muslim call to prayers sign of “racism”

Israeli ministers have made a renewed attempt to ban the Muslim call to prayer being broadcast through mosque loudspeakers, Israeli media reported Sunday.

The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation has approved a draft of the bill which will go to a preliminary vote in the Knesset, according to the Israeli Channel 7.

After the law earlier met opposition from Ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmakers over concerns about how it might also affect Jewish religious practices, the revised draft makes the ban applicable from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

It further allows the Israeli police to summon muezzins and imams to questioning and to subject them to criminal proceedings and financial penalties.

The bid was expected to be discussed last Sunday. But the move was delayed for unidentified reasons.

Palestinians have rejected the law on account that it deprives Muslims of their right to freedom of religion.

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