(Communicated by COGAT - Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories)
Ramadan is the most holy month of the Islamic calendar. According to the Muslim tradition, the Quran was revealed tthe Prophet Mohammad during the month of Ramadan, and it is celebrated as a period for Muslims throughout the world to focus on worship and spirituality. Observance of the holiday includes fasting from sunrise to sunset, routine prayers with a special emphasis on Friday morning prayers, and celebration with the extended family.
In order to accommodate West Bank Palestinians observing Ramadan, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and the Civil Administration have initiated a series of measures designed to facilitate both the observance and celebration of Ramadan. Last year, in light of the relative security stability in the West Bank, wide-ranging Ramadan measures were approved by COGAT and the IDF. This year, despite continued terror attempts, the security assessment has allowed for the approval of even more extensive Ramadan measures (below).
Ramadan is expected to fall between July 10th and August 9th this year. Laylat al-Qadr, the holiday marking the first revelation of the Prophet Mohammad is on the 27th day of Ramadan, estimated to fall on the 5th of August. Eid-el-Fitr, the three day holiday concluding the month of Ramadan is estimated to run between the 9th and 12th of August. All Gregorian dates are subject to change based on the sighting of the new moon.
COGAT and the Civil Administration wishes everyone a safe, happy, and fulfilling Ramadan.