Another GENERAL CLOSURE of the West Bank for the 10-day Jewish holiday of Succot

Acording to the Jerusalem Post, a general closure will be implemented in “Judea and Samaria” (the West Bank) for ten days, starting from midnight tonight, for the Succot holiday: “For the duration of the closure, persons in need of medical attention will be permitted to pass for care. The passage of humanitarian aid as well as doctors, medical personnel, NGO members, lawyers, religious workers and additional professional groups will be authorized by the District Coordination and Liaison office. The closure will begin on Thursday at 11:59 pm and end on Saturday October 10 at 11:59 pm. The defense minister’s decision was made in accordance with the IDF’s security evaluation of the area”. This JPost report can be read in full here.

On top of that, the IDF is imposing very tight security restrictions on Jerusalem on Friday, the beginning of the Succot holiday — and also the day that the chief Palestinian Islamic Court Judge Sheikh Taysir Tamimi has called for a demonstration in defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque to follow the regular Friday prayers. According to the restrictions, men will only be admitted to the Haram ash-Sharif where the Friday prayers will be performed at Al-Aqsa if they are over the age of 50, and have Israeli ID (citizens and permanent residents of East Jerusalem, presumably). There will also be a heavy police and Border Police presence at all entrances and main intersections in the city.

However, lush palm fronds are being imported from Gaza to cover the roofs of the Succot huts that Jewish families build outside their homes to commemorate the Biblical account of the Jewish tribes’ 40 years of wandering in the desert after being released from exile in Egypt, but before finding the Promised Land.

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