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IDF Orders Soldiers to ‘Respect’ Muslim Ramadan

Soldiers were particularly admonished to be respectful of Muslims at crossings through the security fence in Judea and Samaria.

Israeli border police officers check Palestinian women who are waiting to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, as they head to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to attend the first Friday prayers of Ramadan (2012).

Israeli border police officers check Palestinian women who are waiting to cross the Qalandia checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah, as they head to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City to attend the first Friday prayers of Ramadan (2012).
Photo Credit: Issam Rimawi / Flash90

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Does the IDF tell solders not to eat in front of observant troops on Yom Kippur? Not a chance. That’s religious coercion. But they are told not to eat or drink when Muslims are nearby during Ramadan.

The IDF has instructed soldiers “to show considerable consideration” for Palestinian Authority Arabs during the Muslim month of Ramadan by not eating, drinking or smoking in their presence.

Ramadan begins this Wednesday, and religious Muslims observe it by fasting from sunrise to sunset during most of the month.

Soldiers were particularly admonished to be respectful of Muslims at crossings through the security fence in Judea and Samaria.

In addition, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered a lifting of restrictions on PA Arabs “to improve their fabric of life.” An announcement of the easing of measures was sent to the Palestinian Authority hierarchy and to the international community. If God forbid there are any terrorist attacks against Jews during Ramadan because of the easing of security, these “goodwill” measures” supposedly will convince everyone else that Israel does not deserve them.

Among the lifting of restrictions, coordinated with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, all PA Arabs form age 60 and over will be allowed to cross from Judea and Samaria into the rest of Israel without permits.

All women, as well as all men age 40 and over, will be allowed during Ramadan to enter the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount on Friday without permits. They also may bring with them all of their children up to the age of 12, but youth from ages 12-16 also can enter freely “depending on the situation.”

As many as 20,000 Arabs will be allowed on the Temple Mount during the week during the month of Ramadan.

Up to 500 Arabs from Jordan will be allowed into Judea and Samaria, and the Allenby Bridge from Jordan will be open 24 hours a day.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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27 Responses to “IDF Orders Soldiers to ‘Respect’ Muslim Ramadan”

  1. Anonymous says:

    We are our own worst enemies.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We are our own worst enemies.

  3. I will pray even more to the G-d of Israel, Abraham- Isaac and Jacobs G-d for protection and awaken guardians over Jerusalem; The Lord blesses the righteous ones.

  4. Eva Feld says:

    I agree with rh289621. We eat and drink in front of observant Jews on Yemay Chovat v'Zom but respect the Muslim Ramadam. I'm all for respecting but let's start with each other and it on to others. Let's be our own physician and heal ourselves. We should respect the Muslims Ramadan, of course. But let's be equally.
    respectful toward each other.

  5. Ruth Hirt says:

    It intrigues me over political correctness. May it not cover our (mankind's) steadfastness to dwell in the truth. For what the living G_D got to do with a deified idol? To those who may not know, allah is among the idols favored by A human to deify…

  6. Ch Hoffman says:

    how often does this paper turn an otherwise innocuous piece of news into an opportunity to play victim? is it ever going to stop.

    is this a newspaper or a crybaby rag.

  7. Anonymous says:

    How topsy-turvy is it that THEY are allowed into the site of the Holy Temple (even without permits!), but WE aren't? Mashiach, come soon!

  8. Beryl Cohen says:

    WHY?

  9. David Levine says:

    How stupid are we???

  10. You are sorely mistaken. Allah is the same as Elohim, the two words even have the same semantic roots. There is no idol in the world that represents Him or His Majesty. Muslim believe in the One God that created Adam and Eve and brought forth all the prophets, and gave the revelations including the Torah and Gospels. Muhammad had all 360 idols in Mecca destroyed and Islam strictly forbids the creation of any idols or idol worship.

  11. Miruna Ștefana Belea says:

    Amen

  12. What a load of poppy cock. All people should be respected 12 months of the year and Israelis know to keep Kosher and respect holidays both in the army and to respect holidays at home. If there is any erosion of respect of Jews to Jews it is because of a double standard of allowing lack of respect to Arabs.

  13. Tim Upham says:

    Respect Ramadan, and afterwards get inviting to a Feast of Eid celebration. I have been invited to them, and loved them too.

  14. Aqeel Yousuf says:

    Read this article earlier and I think it's a most noble & sincere gesture.. I hope it is reciprocated with the same optimism, hope and sincerity that promotes some semblance of harmony for the future – Insh'Allah & B'ezrat Hashem, I may add, with a sparkle in my eye :)

  15. Tim Upham says:

    With everybody kindness begets kindness.

  16. Ch Hoffman says:

    as it plays, the Israeli gov is following the rabbinic authorities on this one

    and they're also looking to avoid provoking WW3

  17. Ron Kall says:

    …and muslims kill each other daily and your muslim blather is just that! If you are a muslim, you should be embarrassed to admit it! islam is the sickest most violent creation known to mankind. The muslims can attack the Jews on Yom Kippur, but Jews should respect muslim holidays?! Beyond stupid!

  18. Ron Kall says:

    Ch Hoffman Get it over with already, with this BS about offending arabs/muslims and causing WW3. What will you do when they demand your head!?

  19. Ron Kall says:

    You should never respect people who want you dead, Ethan. arabs need to earn respect1

  20. Ron Kall says:

    That's fantasy, Tim. Dead Jews can attest to that! You should move to a place where you can be the first target when the respectful arabs come to show their appreciation of Jewish respect!

  21. Tim Upham says:

    I experienced it first hand in both the West Bank and Gaza. I was welcomed by Palestinians to a Feast of Eid celebration. No body tried to kill me.

  22. Sarah Williams says:

    Rabia Chaudry is correct. Do Muslims kill each other? Yes — and so do Christians, Hindus, etc. The pity is that human beings kill each other, and it has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with the human condition. A little more respect and empathy among all faiths and peoples would go a long way towards easing the tensions between people. Hillel taught "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Now go and learn". Based on that instruction, yes, Jews should show respect for Muslim (and others') holidays.

  23. Sarah Williams says:

    Rabia Chaudry is correct. Do Muslims kill each other? Yes — and so do Christians, Hindus, etc. The pity is that human beings kill each other, and it has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with the human condition. A little more respect and empathy among all faiths and peoples would go a long way towards easing the tensions between people. Hillel taught "What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Now go and learn". Based on that instruction, yes, Jews should show respect for Muslim (and others') holidays.

  24. Ruth Hirt says:

    Allah is no G_D. Allah is a heathen god, among many, 360 heathen gods of the Sabiners. The Islam prophet chose only one heathen god to be the permanent idol to worship. Sabiners (people of Sabine) are proven moon-worshipers even long before Islam is founded. This moon-god married the sun goddess and it gave them (added) three more goddesses to that union. (As to what the Sabiners believe). These three daughters of Allah are namely: Al-lat, Al-Uzza and Manat and, according to their belief, they inherited Asian part. This moon god is one whom we now hear as Allah, the moon god. *Ref. Gospel Literature

  25. Ruth Hirt says:

    Simply because you were not received as an enemy, should it forfeit the fact of their terroristic complex and tendencies?

  26. Oh Israel I hope you are being wise, why let 500 Jordanians in, most will not go back and will break laws, indulge in making babies with women already here so we will have an influx next year of more of these awful people. Their IQ is 70 and below, they do not understand respect. Israel's IDF have a tough enough job already with these insane people. I see the wisdom but I fear it will back fire.

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