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Israel policies avoid friction during Ramadan

Catholic World News - August 20, 2010

Israeli officials have put new policies in effect to avoid confrontations during the Islamic feast of Ramadan, the AsiaNews service reports.

Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza have found it easier to obtain the necessary permits to visit the mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount during Ramadan. Israeli troops stationed around the mosque have been ordered not to eat, drink, or smoke while on duty during daylight hours during the month of Ramadan, in deference to Muslims who are maintaining the same fast. Israeli officials have also increased the water supply to Bethlehem, relieving a longstanding shortage there.

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