The Coordination Unit for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), headed by Major General Yoav Mordechai, is preparing for the month of Ramadan, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow and will be celebrated by Muslims around the world, including those living in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.
Since the Muslim calendar is lunar, but does not adjust the length of the year to an average of 365 days, as does the Hebrew calendar (adding an extra month 7 times in 19 years), Ramadan month falls in different seasons.
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman approved a series of concessions to the Arab residents of Judea and Samaria in honor of the month-long Muslim holiday and daytime fast, one of the five Muslim commandments..
For example, Palestinian residents of Judea and Samaria will be able to visit family in Israel between Sundays and Thursdays and the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, as well as for Friday prayers and prayers on the Temple Mount.
In addition, the exit of Arab residents of Judea and Samaria abroad will be coordinated via Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel and the hours of operation at the crossing points will be expanded to provide a response to the increase in visitors.
Residents of Gaza will be allowed to enter the Temple Mount during the holiday.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories briefed Palestinian Authority officials and the international community on the steps and gestures on the occasion of the Ramadan holiday.