Palestinians in Occupied Jerusalem Break their Fast Amidst Oppression

The tension in Al-Aqsa Compound could rise anytime, affecting the serenity of the worshippers

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – The call to Maghrib prayer echoed inside the Al-Aqsa compound. The azan was met with gratitude from the residents of Al-Quds. On Thursday (5/16), some of the Palestinian residents near Al-Quds were preparing to break their fast on the courtyard of Al-Aqsa mosque. Mats were spread, and people gathered in small groups with their families and relatives. Some began drinking water, and the children ate the sweets that they brought from home. Later that night, 110,000 worshippers gathered to pray Taraweeh in Al-Aqsa mosque, as reported by Quds News Network. It was a quite peaceful evening for the Palestinians in Al-Quds.

To enjoy Ramadan in peace and serenity is a treasured moment for the people of Palestine who live under Israeli occupation, for they often face persecution and aggression that prevents them from entering the compound.

However, on Friday (5/17) Quds News Network reported that Israel prevented iftar meals from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. “Israeli police bans the entry of meals to Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem for the breaking of fasting of the worshipers.” Quds News Network wrote on their Twitter (5/17).

On Sunday evening (5/12), Israel also evacuated the worshippers praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque. “In a normal day, after the Isha prayer [the fifth prayer of the day], the Israelis inspect all the praying areas of Al-Aqsa compound to make sure no one stays inside,” Hatem Abdel Qader, an official with the Waqf council, which oversees Al-Aqsa and other Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, told Middle East Eye on Monday (5/13).

For years, the Palestinians have been longing for a peaceful, serene Ramadan without the shadow of occupation. Therefore, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) always works to bring a better Ramadan in Palestine.

In this Ramadan, for instance, ACT will strive to ease the humanitarian crisis in Jerusalem. N. Imam Akbari, ACT Senior Vice President, stated that one of the efforts in by strengthening food security. “This Ramadan, ACT will make an effort to prepare 100,000 iftar packages to the people of Jerusalem and the murabitin,” said Akbari.

Apart from the iftar distribution in Jerusalem, ACT also prepares 250 tons of foodstuff from Indonesia Humanitarian Center (IHC) in Gaza. The aid will be distributed to economically underprivileged families, orphans, elderlies, as well as families with disabled patriarchs in Gaza. []