The IDF and the Civil Administration decided to implement measures to further ease conditions for the Palestinian population in the Judea and Samaria region
Today, October 26th 2012, marks the beginning of the Eid Al-Adcha holiday ("Festival of Sacrifice"), celebrated by Muslim Palestinians throughout the Judea and Samaria region. The holiday period will conclude on Monday, October 29th, 2012.
In accordance with the directives of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, as well as the recommendation of the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, and given the security assessments of the IDF Central Command and the Civil Administration, travel and access restrictions will be eased during the holiday for the Palestinian population in the Judea and Samaria region. These measures are part of a general policy to improve the quality of life.
The following steps are being implemented during the holiday:
a. Opening of inspection sleeves to full capacity, in order to prevent traffic jams and delays.
b. Operating hours of the "Reihan", "Gilboa" and "Rachel" crossings will be extended to 24:00 midnight.
c. Granting of family visitations permit, under no restriction of age for relatives of third degree.
d. The entrance to Al- Janiya will be opened, enabling easy entrance to Ras Karkar.
e. Prior and during the holidays, the hours of "back to back" transferring of goods has been extended.
During the course of the holiday, the IDF will reduce its activity in central locations and the Palestinian security apparatus will extend its area of operation in specific areas.
Officers of the Civil Administration held meetings with Palestinian representatives and were updated with the schedule of the expected religious events and prayer times. In addition, soldiers operating in the region were briefed about the times and customs of the holiday.