News Ramadan excitement in Jerusalem: Decorated with colorful lights and oil lamps administrator 13 April 2021 The bazaars and streets of the Old City of East Jerusalem, which is under occupation, are decorated with colorful lights and lamps for the month of Ramadan. The bazaars and streets of the Old City of East Jerusalem, which is under occupation, were decorated for the month of Ramadan. The narrow streets, avenues and bazaars leading to the Harem-i Sharif of the Old City, where the Masjid al-Aqsa, the first qibla of Muslims, is located, are decorated with colorful lights and oil lamps. Due to the fact that the Masjid al-Aqsa was closed to worship by the Jerusalem Islamic Foundations Administration last year, citing the corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic, the Old City region was not decorated as it is every year. Jerusalem’s Old City region, which has been experiencing troubled times due to the Israeli occupation, is partly the scene of more exciting and active days with the arrival of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan gives the people of Jerusalem the opportunity to get away from the pressure environment they have lived through for eleven months, and the streets of the Old City are lively with the spiritual atmosphere of the holy month. The Palestinians living in the Old City decorate the roads leading to the Harem-i Sharif and the exteriors of their houses with various lamps and lanterns, and hang luminous moon and stars, which are the symbols of the Ramadan moon, on the windows and doors of their homes. Hutta Youth Committee Spokesperson Samir Halil, established by the residents of the Hutta Gate, one of the most important gates of the Masjid al-Aqsa, said, “We have completed all our preparations for the month of Ramadan, as we do every year. Thus, we will welcome those who come to the Harem-i Sharif to worship. ” said. Stating that the residents of the region were able to decorate the Old City area and Hutta Gate area very quickly this year, Halil said, “We protect the Arab-Islamic identity of the Old City region and also our people from the West Bank and inner Palestine (Palestinian cities of Israel). We want to meet with this spirit, “he said. Pointing out that enough Muslim visitors could not come this year, Halil called on the Palestinians to come to Masjid al-Aqsa and to support them by shopping from the tradesmen of the Old City area. Citing Israel’s health measures as a reason, Halil pointed out the importance of not giving any excuse not to close the Old City region, and said, “We are eagerly awaiting the support of the Masjid al-Aqsa, Jerusalem and the Old City this year during Ramadan. In particular, we want shopping to protect the presence of tradesmen. Of course, while doing all these, all health measures need to be taken, “he said. While the Israeli authorities do not prevent Palestinians living in occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinians living in the occupied East Jerusalem from coming to the Masjid al-Aqsa, they only give individual permits to Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip. Every year during the month of Ramadan, an average of 10 thousand Muslims worship daily in the Harem-i Sharif, this number goes up to 150 thousand on Fridays. In a written statement made by the Jerusalem Islamic Foundations Administration on 23 February, it was stated that the Masjid al-Aqsa would be open to worship during the month of Ramadan.