Ahead of the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on July 10, 2012, the IDF and The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), will ease restrictions in line with the directives of IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz and with policies intended on improving the way of life for Palestinians in the Judea and Samaria region.
Following situation assessments, Israeli Defense Minister, Mr. Moshe Ya’alon, implemented these following measures throughout the Ramadan period:
A. Palestinians over the age of 60 will be freely permitted to enter Israel.
B. Palestinians over the age of 40 will be freely permitted to enter Temple Mount to pray on Fridays and on “Laylat al-Qadr”. Men and women between the ages of 35-40 will require a special permit.
C. Palestinians will be permitted to visit relatives of first and second degree living in Israel, accompanied by minors ages 16 and under
D. Minors ages 12 and under accompanied by their parents will be permitted to enter East Jerusalem.
E. Up to 500 foreign nationals will be permitted to enter Judea and Samaria region via the Allenby Border Terminal during Eid al-Fitr.
F. Activity of Reihan Crossing , Gilboa (Jalame) Crossing, Eliahu Crossing, Eyal Crossing, Sha’ar Ephraim Crossing and Meitar Crossing will be extended until 12:00 midnight. Food will be permitted to be brought in through Meitar Crossing.
G. 20,000 Palestinians over the age of 35 will be permitted daily to pray at Temple Mount during weekdays for the duration of the Ramadan period.
On Sunday, July 7, 2013, Allenby Crossing has been opened for 24 hours in order to allow the Palestinians to cross into Jordan and into the Judea and Samaria to prepare for the upcoming holiday.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Eitan Dangot updated representatives of the Palestinian Authority and of the international community regarding the gestures and easing of restrictions for the Ramadan Period. Moreover, Civil Administration representatives informed the Palestinian population of the easing of restrictions, and briefed all of the forces operating in the area on holiday times and traditions as well as distributing educational pamphlets on the topic. IDF soldiers have been given orders to show special consideration toward the Palestinian residents of the Judea and Samaria region and, wherever possible, to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public, more so at the various crossings so as to demonstrate a high level of respect and understanding.