Israeli hospitals to offer Islamic prayer rooms for MuslimsBy Mason White 5:23 PM June 27, 2013
By: Eva Fett
Soon, Muslim patients and Muslim visitors in Israeli hospitals will be able to attend Islamic prayer service after the Israeli court urged Israeli hospitals to designate a room, which will accommodate Muslims who wish to pray, according to a statement released by the Israeli court.
Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday urged the country’s Health Ministry to ensure that state hospitals provide prayer rooms for non-Jews, such as Muslims and Christians.
The decision was taken after a debate on a petition filed by Muslims who said they felt discriminated against for not having a Muslim prayer room at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.
The Ministry of Health would have to construct these places of worship at six major hospitals: Hospital of Tel Aviv, Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Sheba Medical Center and Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.
Hospitals will have 18 months in which to build the prayer rooms, according to the court’s ruling.
A Muslim activist said that he is very happy with the court’s decision.