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Arab MKs: Bill banning Muslim call to prayer ‘declaration of war’

People protest in Gaza against the new Israeli law to ban the Islamic call to prayer in Jerusalem [apaimages]
People protest in Gaza against the new Israeli law to ban the Islamic call to prayer in Jerusalem [apaimages]

Arab members of the Israeli Knesset said yesterday that the approval of the bill banning the Muslim call to prayer is a “declaration of war on our identity, existence and country,” Masralarabia.com reported.

In a press release, the Joint List party said: “Arabs will not respect a racist and fascist law,” noting that this law is a “flagrant violation on the Palestinian existence and a rude attempt to distort the identity of the country and change the cultural, religious and holy signs of the Palestinians.”

The press release explained: “The racist and fascist bill is a flagrant violation of the freedom of faith and religions. Athan [Muslim call to prayer] is a cultural, traditional and historical legacy of the Arabic Palestinian people. In addition, it is a religious Islamic ritual.”

Read: Arab League condemns Israeli ban of Muslim call to prayer

Meanwhile, the press release stressed that the sound of the athan would remain in order to “silence the voices of racism and fascism inside the government of [the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu.”

Arab MKs considered this bill part of the Israeli effort to trigger a religious conflict and “cause hatred and announce war against every Arabic aspect in order to achieve political gains.”

The MKs called for the Arab population in Israel to reject the bill and protest against it, as well as to raise the athan very loudly everywhere in response to the Israeli policies which target the “Palestinian identity and history”.

Athan is part of this land and it existed before the creation of Israel and will remain after it,” the press release noted.

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