The Israeli law aims at changing the character of Palestine. (Photo: Video grab, file)
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a preliminary reading of the contested “Muezzin bill” — which seeks to impose limits on the Muslim call to prayer in Israel and in occupied East Jerusalem — on Wednesday, with several Palestinian Knesset members being removed from the plenum, according to Israeli media.
The bill passed the reading with 55 votes in favor and 48 against, with Israel’s Jerusalem Post reporting that during the reading, the “plenum devolved into chaos.”
Palestinian MK Zuheir Bahloul, a member of the center-left Zionist Union party called the bill “a declaration of war…between sanity and racism,” against Israel’s Palestinian minority.
MK Ayman Odeh of the Joint List — the political bloc representing parties led by Palestinian citizens of Israel in the Knesset — was escorted out of the plenum after he stood up and ripped a copy of the bill into shreds.
Meanwhile, MK Robert Ilatov of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party shouted at Joint List MK Usama Saadi to “go back to Saudi Arabia!” The two men engaged in a shouting match which resulted in Saadi, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, being removed from the room.
MK Ahmad Tibi, also of the Joint list, was also removed w...