Fine against muezzin kindles fresh controversy over Muslim call to prayer

The Lod Municipality has fined a mosque muezzin for issuing calls to prayer that violate bylaws against excessive noise, fueling recriminations amid a heated nationwide debate over a proposed ban on mosques’ use of loudspeakers.

An Arab city councilor responded that the step was unwarranted and part of a “political agenda” directed against symbols of the Muslim and Arab presence in the mixed city.


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