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Palestinians construct tallest minaret in defiance of Israel’s ‘ban’ on call to prayer

The construction of the tallest minaret in Jerusalem on 17 March 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu]
The construction of the tallest minaret in Jerusalem on 17 March 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu]

Palestinians have defied an Israeli bill which seeks to impose limits on the Muslim call to prayer in Israel and in occupied East Jerusalem, by constructing the tallest minaret in the occupied territory.

Within a week of the contested “Muezzin bill”, being passed by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, residents of the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Issawiya inaugurated what was described as the highest minaret in Jerusalem.

The structure, which is thought to be 73 meters high, costing approximately $28,000 to construct, “sent a clear message to Israel”, stated Muhammad Abu Al-Hummus, a member Issawiyya’s committee overseeing the project.

“Minarets won’t be silenced and the athan (Muslim call to prayer) will continue to ring out in Palestinian villages and cities,” said Abu al-Hummus.

Abu Al-Hummus mentioned that the mosque’s old minaret was built 47 years ago, and that due to increasing construction in the neighbourhood, the sound of call to prayer coming from the minaret had been weakened over time.

Palestinians have denounced the proposed Muezzin bill as “racist” and a violation of religious freedom, and an attack on Muslims right to worship.

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  • Fasdunkle

    “73 meters high, costing approximately $28,000 to construct”

    That doesn’t sound safe.

    • LeahMira

      Many Palestinians are engineers, It is safe!

  • Helen4Yemen

    Why is the European Ashkenazi continuing to squat where he does not belong? It is not this goddamned European’s business if the Palestinians choose to erect their minaret. He can safely and easily go back to Poland, Russia, Hungary, Lithuania and get the …. out of stolen land. How the ,,,, does he think his European … belongs on Arab soil, goddamned predators.

  • A.S.F.

    Really??? Gee, I hear Pro-Palestinian (“Anti-Zionist) activists scream, whine and moan all the time about how the Palestinians cannot afford to feed, provide adequate water, sanitation resources, etc. for their poor oppressed population–This, despite the tons of aid that they have received globally since 1948–more than any single group of people have received (and for a longer period of time) than any other group of people on the planet. Abbas always has his hand out, saying how the poor Palestinians need more funding to to make the territories basically habitable.Yet, they can afford to erect an expensive and obscenely tall “Mineret”, just to spite Israel. Imagine that! I think that calls into question some peoples’ priorities.