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June 6, 2016 2:06 pm

With Ramadan Underway, Israel Eases Restrictions on Palestinians to Facilitate Freedom of Religion, Rituals

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A border crossing between Gaza and Israel, where restrictions are being eased for Ramadan. Photo: IDF.

A border crossing between Gaza and Israel, where restrictions are being eased for Ramadan. Photo: IDF.

With the Muslim holy month of Ramadan underway, the Israeli military is taking steps to accommodate the holiday-related needs of Palestinians who live in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

In a statement published ahead of Ramadan, which began on Monday, the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT) said, “COGAT officers worked with our Palestinian counterparts around the clock to coordinate and initiate steps for this holiday season, while also maintaining freedom of religion and rituals.

“Every year, COGAT and Palestinian officers work together to determine the most effective steps in order to facilitate higher traffic crossing through Israel in order for Palestinians to observe the holidays at holy sites within Israel‪ and abroad.”

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Israeli media outlets reported on Sunday that new Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had approved a series of measures to make lives easier for Palestinians during Ramadan. These measures include allowing Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza to visit relatives in Israel and take part in prayers on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

A COGAT statement said the measures were in line with “Israeli civil policy striving to improve the quality of life for Palestinians in Judea and Samaria [West Bank] and the Gaza Strip, including maintaining freedom of religion.”

Meanwhile, COGAT announced on Monday that 726 trucks of goods had entered Gaza from Israel the previous day.

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  • Isahiah62

    and no good deed goes unpunished…..
    my prediction was correct
    easing entry=Jews shot dead as they ate cake
    TelAviv

  • nat cheiman

    Mistake.

  • DockyWocky

    There isn’t a moslem on earth that can resist the chance to attack and kill some Israelis during their phony Ramadan festivities.

  • The Religion of peace, Islam, calls for death and destruction on Ramadan especially to Jews? Islam is the curse of the world and has to be stopped.

  • My question is would the Palestinians do the same for Jews? So far, they seem intent on ethnic cleansing as well as erasing all of the archeological evidence that Jews were present in the Middle-East long before there was a term Palestinian or even an identity as such, since most Palestinians were displaced Arabs invited by the Mufti of Jerusalem to settle in British Palestine as a way to counter the influx of European Jews. This is all well documented even though Palestinians and their deluded Western supporters don’t want to recognize it. Things will get a lot worse for Palestinians if they take this for granted and use it for terroristic activities. The only solution is two-states and an international Army to maintain the security of both sides.

  • Isahiah62

    Sorry but this is the opposite of a sane thing to do. Ramadan is considered BEST time to make JIHAD attacks- and by history and facts, statistics proves there is always an increase in their violent acts.

    There should be additional scrutiny, not easing.

    These constant attempts to appease, please and accommodate Muslims are not ever appreciated nor reciprocal.
    And will just make it easier for them to kill a few Jews for allah.

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