Campaign update: 12/2/2017:
Cabinet ministers approved today the revised version of the Muezzin Law - which is identical to existing noise regulations. All their talk amounted to nothing, and much of that was due to Zazim members' pressure. Read more about it here.
Thousands of Zazim activists in Israel - Jews and Arabs - are fighting a new bill to silence the Islamic call to prayer. The bill is trying to push Muslim and Arabic culture out of view - and enflame tensions between Jews and Muslims.
Your voice - as Americans - could make the difference: Jonathan Greenblatt, the chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will be speaking in the Knesset this Sunday. We know the opinion of Jewish-American institutions like the ADL matters to Prime Minister Netanyahu. If Jonathan Greenblatt spoke up against the bill in the Knesset - just as he stood against Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric - Netanyahu will have to listen. Call the ADL to stand publicly for shared society in Israel and against the Muezzin bill.
Supporters of silencing the Muezzin’s call say the law is about limiting “noise pollution,” but this is a smoke screen. Existing laws already regulate quiet hours. The true intention behind the bill is clear: to erase Arab and Muslim presence from the public sphere.
Limiting the Muezzin started with far right parties in Europe, is continuing here in Israel, and can go to Trump’s America next. We have seen how infectious discriminatory rhetoric and legislation can be, and we need to stop it before it spreads further.
People power works - sending a clear message of shared society together - Arabs and Jews, Americans and Israelis - can sway the government to abandon the bill.