Hazan: Time to throw 'Joint Palestinian List' out of the Knesset

MK Oren Hazan says it time to eject 'Joint Palestinian List' from the Knesset after Tibi calls for rebellion against Muezzin Law.

Yoel Domb ,

MK Oren Hazan
MK Oren Hazan

MK Oren Hazan (Likud) responded to comments by MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) on the El-Miadin network in which he called upon Israeli Arabs to rebel against the Muezzin Law.

"I tell Palestinians to rebel against this law and against the person behind it - Netanyahu. The goal is Jerusalem," said Tibi in the interview. Tibi used the word "Palestinians" instead of calling them Israeli Arabs.

Hazan responded, saying that "every day that Ahmed Tibi remains the deputy speaker of the Knesset and conducts sessions is an insult to the legislative body."

Hazan, who sparred with Tibi this week in the Knesset asked "Is it right that one who calls on Israeli Arabs to rebel and declares that he will not respect the laws should be conducting Knesset sessions and sitting in the speaker's chair?

"Tibi and his peers are an insult to the Knesset, the state of Israel and the Jewish people" Hazan continued. "Their place is in Gaza next to the Hamas and ISIS leaders and not in the Knesset. It is unclear how after such reprehensible words Tibi continues to serve as deputy Knesset speaker. It's time to put an end to this farce - the 'Joint Palestinian List.'"

The Muezzin Law is meant to prevent blasting loudspeakers from waking up Israeli citizens in areas near Arab populations at midnight and before dawn. Muslims pray five times daily and have always been called to prayer by a person called the Muezzin, but the use of electronic sound magnification has turned the call into noise pollution on a large scale.

The law has been contested by the haredi parties who want it amended to avoid loopholes that could lead to banning the pre-Shabbat siren and recorded hassidic music that is heard 20 minutes and 5 minutes before candle-lighting in many cities, as well as shofar blasts on Rosh Hashanah. It is the late night and early morning Muezzin calls that are problematic and they want that to be clear.