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Poem in official PA daily: Chase Jews out of Palestine with Islamic call to prayer
Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida  -  Nov. 20, 2016


 
Headline: "Rise and call to prayer"
Excerpt of a poem by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily, referring to the "Muezzin Law" to limit the decibel level of loudspeakers at religious sites
     "O, our sheikh, call 'Allahu Akbar' as much as your soul desires
Without requesting permission
And our [Christian] father,
ring the church bells
At any time
Cause them to tremble [in fear]
From the reciting [of the Quran]
And the call to prayer
Chase them everywhere
On the generous land of the homeland
Until they leave our skies and lands
And Palestine again becomes
As it once was
And will wear a mantle of glory and Arabness
Without colonialism
And will sing in the name of return,
freedom, and independence”

On Nov. 13, 2016, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers was approved for a preliminary reading in the Israeli Parliament. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution. This bill is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not refer to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.

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