Khatib: Athan will remain despite attempts to silence it

[ 20/05/2011 – 06:46 PM

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Sheikh Kamal Al-Khatib, the deputy head of the Islamic Movement in the 1948-occupied Palestinian lands, said Thursday that the Athan (calling for prayer in Islam) will continue to be recited through loudspeakers of mosques despite Israeli attempts to stop it.

“The Athan will continue to be recited through loudspeakers five times a day against the wishes of those who harbor hatred for Islam and Muslims because we are the owners and the sons of this land, and we will never agree to such ridiculous attempts to succeed,” said Khatib in reaction to news reports that Israeli Knesset member Anastasia Michaelli has submitted a draft legislation to the Knesset to stop the Athan being recited through loudspeakers.

“Indeed, the plan of Michaelli is part of the fanatic racist trend that prevails now in the Israeli public against Islamic symbols as evident with the exposure of a Jewish group that planned to bomb Hassan Beik mosque in Yafa city,” Khatib pointed out in an interview with “Palestinian of 1948” website.

He also advised Michaelli to look for a place outside Palestine where she, perhaps, won’t hear the Athan because she will not find that place in Palestine.

“I will not reply to this foolish woman in her [ill-mannered] way, but I will tell her that if she isn’t happy with the Athan then she should search for another place where she cannot hear Athan and since she would not find such a place in Palestine, I suggest she moves back to the Ukraine or Russia from where she migrated to occupied Palestine and she might live there without hearing the Athan,” Khatib said.

Moreover, Khatib described the minarets and the Athan as part of the Palestinian identity and heritage that every Palestinian is proud of.

Michaelli has earlier alleged that hundreds of thousands of “Jewish citizens” are “disturbed” by the sound of the Athan, and that they wanted it to stop. She also explained that she would present a petition to the Knesset urging the abolition of Athan through mosque loudspeakers.


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