Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King spoke with Arutz Sheva about Saturday night's demonstration outside the home of Interior Minister and Shas party chairman Aryeh Deri to protest his failure to back a law that would prohibit places of worship from using loudspeakers at all hours which disturb residents.
The only places of worship that regularly broadcast calls to prayer using loudspeakers are mosques.
King described the suffering the use of loudspeakers at maximum volume from mosque towers at night and in the early morning cause residents of Jerusalem. "People in Jerusalem are waking up at 4:00, early in the morning, and sometimes close to midnight from the noise of the call to prayer, from the speakers coming from the mosques."
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is scheduled to vote on the law today.
"Imagine, if you live in Los Angeles or you live in New York...imagine that a speaker that is maybe 50, maybe 150 meters from your house, is waking up your children..or if you have a baby who went to sleep, and suddenly at 11:30, before midnight, loudspeakers are waking up all the family and the baby cannot go to sleep." King added.
"Unfortunately," he said, "the Shas party, including Minister Aryeh Deri, didn't respond positively" to the law to aid its passage.
King said that the protests would continue if Deri still refuses to support the bill. If the Shas party "does not 'wake up' when we talk to them about the problem, we will see to it that the muezzin's call wakes them every night and every morning."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expressed his support for the bill earlier.
In Arab villages across the north and southern portions of the country, and in mixed cities like Jerusalem, Haifa, and Jaffa, traditional Muslim calls to prayer by muezzins through PA loudspeaker systems can be heard for miles five times daily, including at night (the Isha’a prayer) and before dawn (Fajr).