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Highest religious authority in the PA, the Mufti, claims Jewish connection to the Temple Mount is “based on myths and legends”

Headline: "The Mufti of Jerusalem: The decision to ban the call of the Muezzin is racist and an attack against freedom of worship"

"[PA] Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein said: 'The fact that the Israeli Parliament approved [in a first reading] the bill banning the call of the Muezzin (i.e., the person who sings the Muslim call to prayer) is an attack against freedom of worship and the freedom of the Muslims to hold their religious ceremonies.'

He explained that Jerusalem is not dealing only with the issue of the Muezzin’s call, but there are also daily invasions of the settlers and the claim that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the holiest sites for Jews. He said that 'These things are totally invalid and are based on myths and legends…'
He also emphasized that the Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic, and 'These Israeli invasions and interferences in our Islamic affairs are absolutely unacceptable.’"

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Other countries have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution. These include India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, the United Emirates, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Austria, Norway, and Belgium, and the US. The PA has also passed legislation regarding the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to reduce noise pollution.

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.

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