As any general would say, pick your battleground wisely……
My first knee-jerk reaction was cry out “ughhhh”….but upon reflection, most of the problems that we have with the Muslim community is due to lack of enforcing existing laws. Enforce them, to the hilt, and many of their impositions in our society come to a screeching halt.
Lapid to vote against Muezzin law which ‘insults Muslims’
Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid will vote against the Muezzin law as he claims noise ordinances already exist and the law ‘insults Muslims’.
Yesh Atid leader MK Yair Lapid announced Tuesday that his party would vote against the Muezzin law which will be presented for a preliminary reading in the Knesset tomorrow.
“I am in favor of regulating the volume of the muezzins. There is no reason that they should wake entire neighborhoods at four in the morning. They cannot tell me that this offends their religious traditions as there were no loudspeakers when the Koran was written. Nevertheless I am opposed to the law. Why? Because such a law already exists,” wrote Lapid on his Facebook page.
He maintained that the law concerning noise levels has been in existence for decades and allows police to enter any mosque or place and shut off the loudspeaker systems. “Why don’t they do that? There are lots of reasons, some correct and some less correct but it is not because there is no law. There is a law but it is not enforced.
NOTE: I believe this is akin to the “immigration reform” debate in the US, no new law is needed, just the proper enforcement of existing laws will suffice.
My pic of Lapid three weeks ago at the Israeli Knesset.