ACTNews, JERUSALEM – There was something different in the Albilasan Restaurant in the Old City of Jerusalem on the second day of Shawwal. Other than the customers, there were also volunteers who were in that restaurant. They went to each table to make sure that everyone had their drinks to wash down their meals.
One of the children called a volunteer to come to her table. The volunteer immediately went to her table, bringing a can of soft drink. The girl whose face was full of crayons smiled immediately as she said thanks to the volunteer. The crayons on her face showed that she had just been playing with her friends.
Before arriving at the restaurant, she was playing with her friends on a playground near the Old City, that Thursday (6/6). Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) volunteers invited the children to play, and the volunteers also distributed Eid Gifts to them.
“These children are 400 orphaned children who live around the Old City of Jerusalem. These children are the children of the murabitin, the Safeguards of Al-Aqsa,” said Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT.
These orphans spend their Eid without their parents. They live amid the conflict that can erupt at any time near Al-Aqsa where they live.
“These Murabitun families are the last stronghold of Al-Aqsa Mosque. They protect Al-Aqsa from attacks, and we truly appreciate their spirit,” said Faradiba.
Living in the middle of conflict, these murabitun families spend their days in harsh condition. CNN Indonesia reported that Israel has not stopped provoking the Palestinians on the third day before Eid, Sunday (6/2).
Approximately tens of thousands of Israelis gathered on the streets that day to celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem. Around 3,000 personnel from the Police Force were dispatched to disperse the gathering. The tension rose as they refused to be dispersed and formed a barricade.