Israeli plan to reduce mosque noise ‘unacceptable’
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Israeli plan to reduce mosque noise ‘unacceptable’

Turkish deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus criticised the proposal to reduce volume from loudspeakers as going against Muslims' religious freedom

Al-Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Al-Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount, in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has criticised as “unacceptable” an Israeli proposal that would make mosques reduce the volume of loudspeakers issuing their call to prayer.

Numan Kurtulmus told reporters the proposal was contrary to religious freedoms and went against Jerusalem’s historic multi-religious culture.

Mr Kurtulmus said: “Bringing the restrictions on the call to prayer at Al-Aqsa and other mosques on the agenda is in no way acceptable.”

He was referring to the main mosque in Jerusalem.

Supporters of the Israeli bill have painted the issue as a matter of quality of life.

The bill, however, has deepened a sense in the Arab minority that it is being marginalised.

Mr Kurtulmus’s comments come as Israel and Turkey are preparing to exchange ambassadors as part of a reconciliation deal.

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