Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed a bill to limit the volume of calls for mosque prayers.

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The text, drafted by deputies of the Jewish Home, a religious nationalist party comprising the majority, must be approved by the ministerial commission of laws and then presented to the Israeli parliament (Knesset).

“I can not count the number of times I have received complaints from citizens about the excessive noise of appeals,” Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting.

The Israeli prime minister said he was in favor of limiting the volume of such appeals, as happened in “several cities in Europe and in different places in the Muslim world.”

The Israeli population includes a minority Arab (17.5%), almost all Muslim, who claims to be the victim of discrimination. Israeli Arabs are the descendants of the Palestinians who remained on their lands during the creation of Israel in 1948.

This measure should also be implemented in East Jerusalem, occupied and annexed by Israel, where more than 300,000 Palestinians live.

The media reported several demonstrations and petitions by Israelis living in this part of the city against the volume of calls for prayer from mosques located near Jewish settlements.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) Israel Democracy Institute has criticized the bill, accusing right-wing politicians of exploiting this issue to gain some public approval.

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