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PHOTOS: Palestinians cross into Jerusalem for Ramadan

Tens of thousands of Palestinian women and men over 40 make their way to Qalandiya checkpoint to cross over to Jerusalem in honor of the second Friday of Ramadan. Those who aren’t allowed to cross? They found their own way.

Photos and text by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

Dozens of Palestinians wait to climb over the separation wall near Qalandiya checkpoint, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Dozens of Palestinians wait to climb over the separation wall near Qalandiya checkpoint, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Dozens of young Palestinians crossed Qalandiya checkpoint Friday morning in order to make it to the second Friday prayer of Ramadan at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Since Israel allows only men above 40 to cross the checkpoint, dozens of young Palestinians attempted to climb the separation wall and reach Jerusalem using ladders which they leaned on the eight-foot tall wall. “We don’t need any permits from the army, we just cross to Jerusalem by ourselves,” said one young man from Jenin.

Palestinian men above the age of 40 making their way to Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian men above the age of 40 making their way to Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

But the clever strategy only worked for a few minutes. Soldiers and policemen arrived on the scene, and many of the men who waited patiently for their turn to climb went home disappointed.

A Palestinian woman takes a 'selfie' while standing in line at Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman takes a photo while standing in line at Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Hundreds of buses brought men, women and small children to the Qalandiya checkpoint starting at 4 a.m on Friday morning. There they were dropped off and cross over to Jerusalem on their way to the mosque. Throughout the year, Palestinians are required to obtain special permits in order to ender Israel. During Ramadan, however, women of all ages and men above 40 are allowed into Israel without any permits.

A Palestinian woman takes a 'selfie' while standing in line at Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman takes a ‘selfie’ while standing in line at Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The Qalandiya checkpoint has one crossing for women and children, and another for men, who undergo a more rigorous search. Some of the women used their time waiting in line to snap photos with the separation wall in the background.

Holding on to a yoga mat in line at Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Holding on to a yoga mat in line at Qalandiya checkpoint during the second Friday of Ramadan, June 26, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Meanwhile, at the Bethlehem checkpoint the number of people who wanted to enter Jerusalem was so large that the soldiers at the checkpoint were unable to check everyone entering; hundreds simply ran toward Jerusalem. Soldiers searched East Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood, near the checkpoint, checking vehicles and passersby in an attempt to find those who entered without permits.

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    1. Pierre

      These brave people!

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      • nadeem

        true! in fact i would say they are the chosen people to endure such atrocities as Israel bestows on them and still enjoy life like anyone around the world would.

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      • Pedro X

        Brave or Depraved?

        Palestinians week in and week out try crossing the security barrier to kill Israelis just like ISIS in Tunisia. Jerusalem post reports today:

        “A Palestinian woman with a rifle was caught trying to cross the West Bank security fence, from the Kalkilya area, into Israel on Sunday.

        The woman told security forces she had been sent by Hamas to carry out a shooting terror attack.”

        Last year Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers and killed them. Then they initiated a war using their own civilians as human shields to protect their fighters and missiles. During the war Hamas executed ala Isis 53 Palestinians held in custody. In October 2004 a Palestinian ran over and killed a three month old baby. In November Palestinian hacked to death 5 Israelis at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Palestinians have run over many Israelis at bus stops and hitching posts. Last week a Palestinian killed an Israeli going swimming. Last night a Palestinian pumped 15 bullets into an Israeli ambulance. Where is the bravery in such actions? The depravity of these actions are plain to see. Yet the Palestinian governments and media outlets encourage and hold out such depraved behavior as heroic.

        When there was no security barrier Palestinians sent their children, youth and young men and women to blow themselves up in Jewish communities.

        The security barrier is essential to protecting Israelis against the depravities of the Palestinian population.

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