Mosque’s Loud Prayer Generates Mega-Decibel ‘Battle of the Bands’ (JEWISH PRESS) By: Tibbi Singer 07/16/12)
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After the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem has decided to play
very loud music, in defiance of the volume and disturbance of the
sound of the muezzin at the mosque in nearby Al-Issawiya, two
additional Jewish neighborhoods, Pisgat Ze’ev and Har Choma, have
announced that they, too, will take up a similar approach. French
Hill also decided to go with hard rock, and not Mediterranean tunes,
as had originally been planned, because, as they put it, hard rock is
more likely to deliver the message.
According to Yediot Jerusalem, the French Hill neighborhood has
recently approached an amplification company with an order for four
huge speakers to be directed at Al-Isawiya. As soon as the village
muezzin will start his exceedingly loud prayer, it will be responded
to with ear shattering Rock n’ Roll, letting local Arabs understand
how disturbing the loud prayers have been to their Jewish neighbors.
Har Choma and Pisgat Ze’ev residents are waiting to see the results
from the French Hill “pilot.” If the protest via rock blasts
succeeds, the other two neighborhoods, situated on the border of the
Jerusalem municipality, will follow suit.
Har Choma residents are coping with the sound of the muezzin from the
villages of Umm Tuba and Sur Baher. Pisgat Ze’ev residents receive
their 5 daily Muslim inspiration calls from Beit Hanina, Shuafat and
Jerusalem’s city hall has attempted to negotiated between Al-Issawiya
village head Darwish Darwish and the residents of French Hill.
Darwish promised to regulate the noise level, but the French Hill
residents are saying nothing has changed, and the muezzin call
continue to reach unbearable decibels. (© 2012 JewishPress. 07/16/12)
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