In a move defending Islam and in defiance of the “No Adhan” law, which was recently supported by the Israeli Prime Minister and approved by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Arab Knesset MP Ahmad al-Tibi recited the call to prayer “Adhan” from the Knesset’s podium, accusing Netanyahu of leading an anti-Islamic campaign.
The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s approval of the “No Adhan” bill in occupied Palestine was followed by widespread disapproval by Muslims in general and Palestinians in particular, as it touches on sanctities, and particularly that of Mosques. In the aftermath, Knesset Arab MP Ahmad al-Tibi recited the “Adhan” in the Knesset in protest of the bill, saying in a statement for the Anadolu Agency that “This law reflects the fascism that grows inside the Israeli community,” saying in another statement for al-Mayadeen that “the true target behind this bill is Jerusalem.” In a noteworthy move, al-Tibi called on all “Palestinians and Muslims around the world” to “thwart the Israeli decision to ban the call to prayer.” He also recited a verse from the Quran, and another from the Gospel of Luke, saying that Benjamin Netanyahu is the primary instigator in this case, accusing him of leading an “Islamophobic campaign.”
Replying to the “unbearable noise” clause to be targeted by the law, al-Tibi said “We also are disturbed by the noise from the sirens blown on Saturday (Shabbat) and our no-travel restrictions on your holidays, especially Yom Kippur, but we do not object to them and do not disturb your rites.”
After al-Tibi, Knesset Arab MP Taleb Abou Arrar also recited the Islamic call to prayer in front of the Knesset whose Israeli members tried to silence him by making loud noises.
However, just today, Israeli Ultra-Orthodox MPs have decided to block the bill, fearing that the Israeli Siren that announces Shabbat (on Saturdays) would be asked to follow suit, with a senior member from the Ultra-Orthodox Shas party saying that there is no need for the legislation, as it could be possible to find a solution for the issue through existing laws, expressing concern over implications for the Shabbath siren.