Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mosques asked to stop noise nuisance from excessively amplified prayer calls


The Ma'aleh Adumim local council is demanding that the loudspeakers announcing the Muslim call to prayer from some mosques in the adjacent Palestinian village of al-Eizariya be turned down because the volume is disturbing residents of the settlement, Palestinian sources told Haaretz.

Ma'aleh Adumim's complaint was raised last Tuesday at a meeting of the joint civilian coordinating committee that brings together Israeli and Palestinian authorities. The Israel Defense Force's Civil Administration in the West Bank would not provide a detailed response to Haaretz on the issue, saying only that in discussions with the Palestinian Authority, the Civil Administration is advancing matters involving cross-border environmental issues, "including noise nuisances." [...]

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