Civil Administration: Palestinians speak well of IDF Ramadan accommodations

The Muslim holiday comes to an end with a record number of worshipers and virtually no conflicts. The successful month is attributed to Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

Date: 22/08/2012, 6:17 PM     Author: Bamahane Magazine

With the conclusion of the month of Ramadan, IDF (Zahal) and the Civil Administration report that the Muslim holiday was extremely successful, with a record number of worshipers visiting Temple Mount for the customary Friday prayers and rarely any conflicts at the crossings.

“We conclude this month of Ramadan knowing that our preparations and work received positive feedback from Palestinians,” said Deputy Head of the Civil Administration, Col. Raid Mantzur. “It created a positive atmosphere in the streets and at the crossings. This year the fewest number of conflicts were reported, despite the large numbers of worshipers.”

According to Col. Mantzur, the number of worshipers that entered Israel during the weekly prayers doubled in comparison to last year with roughly 980,000 visitors. An additional 182 thousand worshipers from Judea and Samaria entered Israel for another Ramadan tradition, Laylat al-Qadr. Col. Mantzur explained that the increase in worshipers is the result of the accommodations implemented by the IDF (Zahal) and the Civil Administration.

He attributes the successful month to the improved cooperation with Palestinian security organizations. “The work of Palestinian security organizations enabled us to implement the accommodations and recommend them for next year,” he said. 

The month of Ramadan started on July 20th and concluded last Sunday with Eid-ul-Fitr celebration. Every year, the crossings into Jerusalem open throughout Ramadan to accommodate traditional prayers at the Temple Mount. IDF (Zahal) and the Civil Administration facilitate the crossing of thousands of Palestinians to pray and hold family visits in Israel.