Israel Prepares for Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr by Further Easing Conditions

Provisions for Palestinian population of Judea and Samaria region made ahead of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr. IDF (Zahal) briefs soldiers on holiday traditions so they can demonstrate respect and understanding.

Date: 10/08/2010, 4:48 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The IDF (Zahal) and the Civil Administration have made a number of accommodations in preparation for the upcoming Ramadan period which begins on August 11th, 2010, and is followed by the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr:

These accommodations include the extending of operational hours of both the Jalama and Rehan crossings to Jenin, the Beit Mishpat crossing to Ramallah, and the Rachel crossing to Bethlehem till midnight every night. Additionally, Palestinian families may visit relatives in Israel during the month of Ramadan, and Israeli-Arabs may enter A areas in Judea and Samaria from the Jordan Valley. The Kh. Gabra and 104 crossings to Tul Karem are also open throughout the entire week.

In addition, 200 licenses were given to visitors from Arab countries to enter the Judea and Samaria region for humanitarian causes. Palestinian men over the age of 50 and women over the age of 45 will be able to freely enter the Temple Mount for prayer. Married men between the ages of 45-50 and married women between the ages of 30-45 may also enter the Temple Mount.

Civil Administration representatives met with Palestinian religious authorities and discussed prayer times and upcoming religious events in addition to informing the population of the accommodations being made.

Moreover, Civil Administration representatives briefed all forces operating in the area regarding the holiday times and traditions and distributed educational pamphlets. IDF (Zahal) soldiers have been ordered to show special consideration for the residents of the Judea and Samaria region and, wherever possible to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public, especially at the various crossings so as to demonstrate a high level of respect and understanding.