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25 Nissan 5761 - April 18, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Bill to Limit Orchestra Volume
by P. Moses

Within the secular sector, the accepted norm of playing ear- splitting music at reception halls has become unbearable.

People are unable to attend family events due to the noise levels, which make any time spent there a nightmare. They cannot exchange a single word with friends and family, and cannot even sit at the table in comfort for any period of time. Young people who come to the reception hall dance and bob about, and the higher the volume, the livelier and more "joyful" the dancing--but meanwhile, all of the adult guests are unable to remain.

Yuval Steinitz (Likud) has brought this situation to the attention of the Knesset's Interior Committee, accompanied by a novel bill to eradicate the problem.

The bill would require hall owners to install a device to measure noise levels. If the music volume exceeds 75 decibels, the electricity supply to the hall would be cut off automatically after two minutes. If the volume reaches 90 decibels, the electricity supply would be cut off after ten seconds.

The proposal has local disc jockeys worried. The 3,000- member strong disc jockeys' union picked up the beat last week, striking out at the bill during a meeting of the Knesset's Interior Committee. "A wedding or bar mitzvah is not a concert of the philharmonic orchestra. I'd like to see a Kurdish wedding where the music is below 75 decibels. They would throw the disc jockey out on his ear," said Moshe Ben Yashar, chairman of the Union of Israeli Disc Jockeys.

In light of the response, Yuval Steinitz agreed to a "discount." Electricity would be disconnected only after two minutes of continuous noise at a level of 90 decibels.

During the course of the meeting, committee chairman, David Azoulai (Shas), said, "The damage caused as a result of the noise is irreversible: hearing loss and increased blood pressure, heartbeat irregularities, disruption of kidney function and fatigue."

Following the committee meetings, legislative proceedings will continue.


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