Israel's parliament has passed an initial reading of a bill that would make mosques lower the volume of their call to prayer, amid protests by Arab lawmakers.
Arab-Israeli politician Ahmed Tibi tore up the proposal at the Knesset podium today. The bill still needs to pass several more hurdles.
Devout Muslims pray five times a day, starting around 5 a.M. In Israel, the call to prayer is often loud enough to wake up residents in Jewish neighborhoods near Muslim communities.
Supporters of the bill say it as a matter of quality of life. But Arab citizens of Israel see it as an affront. Arabs make up one-fifth of the population; they enjoy full rights but face discrimination in some areas. Many identify politically and culturally with Palestinians.
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