Israeli parliament has approved an Israeli law to limit the Muslim call to prayer from mosques, despite the fact that the opponents of the measure call it “racist”.
One of the proposed bills would ban Muslim call to prayer via loudspeakers between 11pm and 7am, which consequently bans one of the first five daily summons to worship before dawn.
The second ban, which is sponsored by right-wingers, would place a limit on the volume of loudspeakers in residential areas at all hours.
According to the proponents of the proposal, the bill is aimed at improving the quality of life of people near mosques, while the critics of it say the legislation limits the religious freedom of Muslim citizens of those areas.
This is while Arabs make up about 20 percent of the population and are consistently discriminated against.
“You are committing a racist act,” Ahmed Tibi, an Arab lawmaker, told supporters of the legislation.
During a debate punctuated by shouting matches between the bill's backers and detractors, Arab legislator Ayman Odeh rose from his seat and said, “This law will not be implemented, I am tearing it up.”
Odeh was then ejected from the chamber.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also expressed support for the bill and criticized Muslims for making “excessive noise”.