BDS Fail Of The Holy Month Of Ramadan

From Ha’aretz:

Up to 300,000 Palestinians visit Israel for Ramadan

Trend causes significant economic damage to Palestinian vendors who lost untold customers – local Palestinians who took their business to Israel.

Israel and the PA share an interest in preserving the unprecedented level of security that continues today on the West Bank, and this interest is presumably the cause of such close cooperation between the second-rank Israeli and PA officials. This story of cooperation between Israeli and PA figures is well captured by end-of-Ramadan images in Tel Aviv: yesterday, thousands of Palestinians from all parts of the West Bank, from Jenin in the north to Hebron and Bethlehem in the south, enjoyed the final hours of Id al-Fitr on the Tel Aviv beaches. Just a few years ago such an image would have seemed unimaginable in view of continuing strife in the West Bank and violent tensions between Palestinians and Israelis.

However, the quiet that has since taken hold, reinforced by close cooperation between officials from the two sides, allowed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians this month to make their first visit to Israel in years. PA figures indicate that during the Ramadan month, some 300,000 Palestinians entered Israel in coordinated visits. Israeli officials cite a lower yet nonetheless staggering figure of 200,000. Ironically, this trend caused significant economic damage to Palestinian vendors who lost untold customers – local Palestinians who took their business to Israel.

The easing of restrictions on entry permits to Israel were unlikely to impress critics in the international community or human rights organization workers. However, it is impossible to dismiss the implications of these images of Palestinian visitors to Tel Aviv beaches, or the Malha shopping mall in Jerusalem, during the Ramadan holiday. Steps taken by Israeli officials – such as allowing younger Palestinian men to enter the country – were less media-friendly than dramatic gestures such as prisoner releases, yet these changes may have significantly improved the atmosphere between the two sides, as well as the feelings of average Palestinians.

In the West Bank, the army’s Central Command took down some checkpoints, including one at the northern exit from Jericho; for the first time in years, cars passed through this busy spot in the city unimpeded. Also, Israeli officials in the territories made the gesture of granting an additional 5,000 permits for Palestinian laborers to work in Israel, particularly in construction. Israeli officials believe that today close to 100,000 Palestinians are employed in Israel – this figure includes people employed on Jewish settlements – and that 60,000 of them workers have legal permits. Also, this month Israeli officials authorized the transfer of tax revenue to the PA so that Palestinians who work for the PA will receive monthly salary payments.

Thanks to activities undertaken by PA networks, and to security-economic coordination with Israel, the West Bank has become an island of stability in the region during a period of political turbulence and tumult.

Why would the BDSers want to prevent these Palestinians from vacationing and having a good time at the beach?

Not Apartheid in Tel Aviv (Photo by Alex Levac)

Aussie Dave adds: More images of Israeli beach apartheid here.

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  • A 70ft tall bust of the head of the Prophet Mohammed

    Kick them out tell them to pray to their psychotic god somewhere else.

  • ziontruth

    “…yesterday, thousands of [Arab settlers] from all parts of [Arab-colonized Judea and Samaria], from Jenin in the north to Hebron and Bethlehem in the south, enjoyed the final hours of Id al-Fitr on the Tel Aviv beaches.”

    Risking Jewish lives in a blatant act of criminal negligence, and not even for the benefits the Leftists would have us gain at such at an atrocious price:

    “The easing of restrictions on entry permits to Israel were unlikely to impress critics in the international community or human rights organization workers.”

    Just like our land-for-nothing deals with the Arabs.

    • tom

      “Just like our land-for-nothing deals with the Arabs.”

      I’ve been saying this forever. They are never held accountable for anything and don’t have to fulfill their part of any contract.
      In (I)Ass-lam it goes something like this: “You can sign a contract, even if it’s against Islam, if it’s a step to a final victory” (like making peace with the Zionists)

      As*rafat’s signing a paper in 1994 called “the Oslo murder Accords” is worth less than toilet paper.

  • Budzinski

    This is a significant story. The International Press appears uninterested in this development.

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  • http://david.com david

    you Israelis make me laugh. you act like you know a thing about Islam when the truth is, you haven’t got a clue about it. you make up lies about the religion just to cover up your ignorance. Islam is about peace and if you actually took the time to get to know the religion or even the people of Islam, instead of wasting your time coming up with rubbish, you would know this. unfortunately you are all dumb enough to believe the media and the lies that the media and people like yourselves come up with about the people of Islam. in Islam you are taught to respect other religions, well what do you have to say about yourself and the way you portray your religion when you disrespect others beliefs the way you all do.

    • Norman B.

      Send in the troll patrol.

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