Unprecedented: Gov’t to allow Muslims from West Bank, Gaza to observe Ramadan on Temple Mount
As part of policy to improve Palestinians’ quality of life, hundreds permitted to visit families in territories, overseas, and attend Friday prayers at Al-Aksa Mosque.
In an unprecedented move, the Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that it will permit hundreds of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip to visit family members, and enter Jerusalem to observe Friday prayers on the Temple Mount during the month of Ramadan.
The decision was made based on the recommendation of IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot as part of the policy to improve the quality of life for the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the ministry said.
In a statement issued one day before the holiday commences – and after weeks of security preparations by the IDF and government officers – the Defense Ministry’s Spokesman’s Unit announced a series of historic steps to ease restrictive traveling policies for Ramadan.
“For the first time, the arrival of worshipers will be allowed via bus directly from the city centers to the Temple Mount,” said Major-General Yoav Mordechai. “The IDF will allow the entry of all Palestinians, men and women without a special permit, with the exception of men between the ages of 30 to 40.
“The departure of 500 residents from Judea and Samaria abroad via Ben Gurion Airport has been confirmed, and 500 families from the Gaza Strip have been approved to visit residents of Judea and Samaria,” he added.
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