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Palestinians flock to Jerusalem as Israeli restrictions eased

Palestinian women praying in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

“Israel has unexpectedly eased restrictions on Palestinians looking to visit Jerusalem during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, saying improved security meant it could let in thousands more from the occupied West Bank”. So reports Haaretz and it’s good news, or at least an encouraging beginning. I hope the day will come when members of all faiths will be able to visit their holy sites without hindrance. To read the full article click here

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At joint iftar celebration, Muslim-Jewish High School Council launched

At joint iftar celebration, Muslim-Jewish High School Council launched | Los Angeles | Jewish Journal.

It is good to read of initiatives like this one where Jews and Muslims are coming together to share food during Ramadan. Sharing a meal is a social occasion when people get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere. the iftar meal, which is the first meal after breaking the fast at the end of each day during Ramadan, is also part of a religious celebration. It is preceded by the prayer of maghrib which takes place just after sunset and so on this occasion the Muslims prayed first while the Jews also prayed their evening prayer and then all came together to eat. This also provided the opportunity for the gathering to discover some of the commonalities of the two faiths. Click on the link above or here to read the article.

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