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Offbeat mosques and open businesses, an almost normal Ramadan in Jerusalem

10:35  13 april  2021
10:35  13 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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A la veille du début du ramadan, la mosquée fait peau neuve à Jérusalem. Le 12 avril 2021. © Reuters - Ammar AWAD On the eve of the beginning of Ramadan, the mosque is neawn in Jerusalem. On April 12, 2021.

for the second year in a row, the month of Ramadan is jostled by the sanitary crisis. But Jerusalem is an exception with most of the population vaccinated against CVIV-19. The eastern part of the city, annexed by Israel, houses the third holy place of Islam. In this month of fasting and celebrations, the Palestinians of Jerusalem East and Muslim Israeli Arabs, will be able to go to the esplanade of the mosques to pray. The businesses in the old town of Jerusalem also reopened and wait more than their customers.

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with our correspondent in Jerusalem, Sami BoukHelifa

in this alley of the old town, multicolored spice pyramids and dried fruits. Behind his stall, Hani Mermech, holds the family grocery store. Centennial trade, transmitted from generation to generation. After a difficult year, marked by rehearsal confines, he hopes to revive his activity during the month of Ramadan. "We will stay all the time open. We crossed a dark period, but with the help of God, this year will be more prosperous. Let's not forget, however, that Ramadan's month is first a month of prayer, commerce comes after. In addition, this year the mosques are open. "

" People will be able to pray on the esplanade "

the call for prayer resonates from the esplanade of nearby mosques. On site, the administration of the holy places completes the last preparations to receive the faithful in the best conditions. Azzam al Khatib is the director. "Social distancing remains to bet and the port of the mask is mandatory. We want to limit the number of people who pray inside the mosques. People will be able to pray on the esplanade, outdoors, and having brought their own carpet. Inside or outside, it is the same prayer, led by the same Imam.

Need for a license for the Palestinians of the West Bank

During Ramadan, Fridays of Grande Prayer, the Esplanade des Mosques usually hosts up to 400,000 Muslim faithful. Mostly the inhabitants of Jerusalem East and Israeli Arabs. The Palestinians of occupied West Bank need a license issued by the Hebrew state to access the city.

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