Thousands of Palestinians have taken to the streets to protest against a controversial Israeli bill aimed at silencing the Muslim call to prayer.
Nearly 3000 people gathered in twon of Kabul in the occupied territories on Saturday to chant slogans against the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and held signs which read, “The muezzin law won’t pass” or “Don’t silence the muezzin.”
“We will continue to sound our calls to prayer, we’ll even increase the volume of our muezzins,” said a local imam.
It came days after the Israeli parliament approved a 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 aims at banning Muslim call to prayer via loudspeakers between 11pm and 7am, which consequently bans one of the first five daily summons to worship before dawn.
“This law is an advanced form of racial incitement against the Palestinians," said the Palestinian Foreign Ministry in an earlier statement.
“It encourages the dissemination of hatred between the followers of divine religions in Palestine -- it is against the culture of tolerance and peace," it added.
The bill will be enforced in East Jerusalem al-Quds and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories.