June 13, 2024

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In Jerusalem, the mosque esplanade is under surveillance as Ramadan approaches

In Jerusalem, the mosque esplanade is under surveillance as Ramadan approaches

Explanation – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorized Muslims to access holy sites during the fasting month.

This is an unprecedented structure since the October 1973 war. In the absence of a negotiated ceasefire on the edge, Ramadan celebrations will begin in the coming days as the war in Gaza enters its sixth month, the worst in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This month, usually dedicated to fasting, meditation and expressing solidarity with the most vulnerable, can only be overshadowed by the suffering of the enclave's inhabitants.

More than 30,000 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed there since October 7, according to the Hamas Health Ministry. According to the UN, the people of Gaza are now at risk of imminent famine. In such an environment, Israeli officials fear that the religious moment will be accompanied by renewed tensions in Jerusalem, the West Bank and the entire region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday…

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