MK Michaeli faces death threats after 'muezzin bill'

Knesset Security Forces announces that it is investigating incident, guarding Israel Beiteinu MK.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 21, 2011 15:08
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MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Beiteinu)

Anastasia Michaeli 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

MK Anastasia Michaeli (Israel Beiteinu) has faced death threats, following her proposal of a bill that would reduce the sound of the Muslim call to prayer.

Knesset Security Forces announced Wednesday that it is investigating the incident and guarding Michaeli. The Israel Beiteinu MK has given all threatening material to Knesset Security.

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Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin condemned the incident, saying that he instructed security forces to do everything they can to make sure MKs are safe while doing their jobs.

MK Michaeli brought up the issue of threats over the controversial bill during an interview with Israel Radio Saturday, when she said that she has been “attacked” via her e-mail and Facebook accounts as a result of the bill, and that her family members have been threatened.

Michaeli did not detail what kinds of threats her family had received, but said she was considering going to the police.

The controversial bill has outraged Muslim activists around the country, and those that feel the bill is directed at religious minorities in the country.

The bill itself calls for a ban on the usage of a PA system to complete the call to prayer, called the idhan in Arabic, and any other sound emanating from a religious institution that is deemed noise pollution.


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