The Friday prayers that take place at Al-Aqsa mosque during the month of Ramadan are a religious duty of the highest esteem. Thousands of believers from all over the West Bank try to make it through to Jerusalem, for the Friday prayers of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa. Many leave home in the early hours of dawn in order to go through the checkpoints and arrive as early as possible at the Qalandiya checkpoint, the one closest to the Old City of Jerusalem. The queue begins at the entrance to the checkpoint. Anyone who will get through will have to wait in another queue (in the picture below) for the examination itself.
See Here for a report on y-net (a major Israeli news website) of Police forces that “spread out from early morning in East Jerusalem to the Old City alleys, in order to allow freedom of worship on Temple Mount.” [translator’s note: for some reason, this segment of the report did not appear in the English version of y-net]. This is how it is with us Jews – Freedom of Religion for all.
In the photo, Qalandiya, today, August 28, 2009. The first Friday of Ramadan, around 7am. I posted about Qalandiya at Ramadan on my Hebrew blog last year, too. You can see more photos there.
I’ve also written about Graffiti on the wall near Qalandiya as a form of non-violent protest – here.