AL-QUDS - Israeli plans to lower the volume of Adhna (call to prayer) at Al-Quds mosques have sparked outrage among Muslims in the holy city who vowed to foil the Israeli plans to remove the Islamic identity of the Muslims’ third holiest city.
"The Azan will always come out from the minarets of Al-Quds, and particularly the Al-Aqsa Mosque," Sheikh Azzam al-Khatib, director-general of Muslim endowments and Al-Aqsa affairs, told Anadolu Agency on Sunday, March 2.
Muslims’ outcry followed reports about a new legislation enforced by Jerusalem municipality to lower down the volume of the Adhan in the mosque of Al-Quds (occupied east Jerusalem) to reduce noise levels.
The move was deemed as a bid to eradicate the Islamic identity in the disputed land.
The scheme is part of Israeli attempts to "obliterate the Islamic culture in the holy city," al-Khatib argued.
“Arab and Islamic world must prevent Israel from Judaizing the city of Al-Quds” he added.
Similar criticism was expressed by Jerusalem’s grand mufti Muhammad Hussein who argued that "only Muslim had the right to decide on such matter."
The Mufti added that the move aims to underscore Jewish sovereignty in the holy city.
"Mosques in Palestine in general and in Jerusalem in particular have been targets of a vicious campaign by the occupation authorities,” the mufti said in a statement cited by Maan news agency.
“The occupation authorities make light of all heavenly laws and international law as they follow a systematic plan designed to efface all Arab and Palestinian landmarks in Palestine and replace them with Jewish landmarks.”
Earlier, the municipality has announced forming a task force to measure the noise levels of all mosques in Al-Quds.
The mosques with exceeding volumes will be handled with a screening system that will guarantee a lower voice, according to Ynet.
The pilot measuring of two mosques in southern Jerusalem would cost $57,000.
Al-Quds is home to Al-Haram Al-Sharif, which includes Islam's third holiest shrine Al-Aqsa Mosque, and represents the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Israel occupied the holy city and the West Bank in the 1967 war and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community or UN resolutions.
Since then, Israel has adopted a series of oppressive measures to force the Palestinians out of the city, including systematic demolition of their homes and building settlements.