[Ahmad Tibi: Tibi also read a verse from the Qur'an as well as a phrase from the Gospel of Luke. ]
Tel Aviv: Arab Members of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) Taleb Abu Arar and Ahmad Tibi raised the Adhan (call for prayer) in the Knesset on Monday in a mark of protest to a recently passed bill that requires mosques to lower the volume of the Adhan.
Both Arabs faced booing from other members of the Knesset, who tried to stop them from performing the Islamic call for prayer.
Tibi also read a verse from the Qur'an as well as a phrase from the Gospel of Luke.
He then said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading an Islamophobic campaign, adding that the Adhan is an essential part of the scenery of the country.
Tibi said, addressing the Jewish members of the Knesset: "We also suffer from the noise of trumpets blowing on Fridays and Saturdays, and suffer from the travel ban in your holidays especially during the Day of Atonement, but we do not object nor touch your religious rites."
Israel passed the bill on Sunday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying that Israel is "committed to defending those who suffer from the loudness of the excessive noise of the announcements."
Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King spoke with Israeli Arutz Sheva’s Channel 7, saying that the reason for behind the new law is that it wakes people from their sleep “before midnight.”
"Imagine that a speaker that is maybe 50, maybe 150 meters from your house, is waking up your children ..or if you have a baby who went to sleep, and suddenly at 11:30, before midnight, loudspeakers are waking up all the family and the baby cannot go to sleep."
King referred falsely to Isha’a prayer saying it occurs at “11:30, before midnight”, however, Isha’a prayer in Jerusalem occurs around 6:00 and 6:20 p.m. He could have also meant Dhuhr prayers, which occur around 11:14 and 11:34 a.m. but as it occurs at noon, it has nothing to do with disturbing anyone's sleep.