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“Ramadan is the month of crossing [borders],” war is “not forbidden”

Tunisian journalist Murad Alalah: “The Americans and others have started to speak about Ramadan and the need for a ceasefire in Ramadan. They don’t know that Ramadan is the month of crossing [borders], the month of victories, and the month of October in which the Arabs made a number of near victories over the Zionist entity (i.e., Israel). Even from a religious perspective, the Battle of Badr (i.e., in 624 CE) took place in the month of Ramadan. Therefore, one who thinks to himself that he will embarrass the Palestinians and the Muslims by [claiming] that war is forbidden in Ramadan – this is another of the Zionist and American fairy tales that will not deceive the Palestinians.”

[Official PA TV, From Tunisia, March 13, 2024]

“A ceasefire in Ramadan” refers to a discussed ceasefire during the 2023 Gaza war.

“The month of October” is a reference to the Yom Kippur war launched by Arab armies in a surprise attack on Israel on October 6, 1973. Possibly also refers to Hamas’ terror attack and massacre on October 7, 2024.

Hamas war on Israel October 2023 - Over 1,100 Israelis, including over 800 civilians, were murdered and over 5,000 wounded, in addition to approximately 251 who were abducted into the Gaza Strip (including 135 later released or liberated - 19 of them whose bodies were retrieved - and at least 41 who were killed and had their bodies held), in a Hamas terror war that began when approximately 3,000 Hamas terrorists and thousands of Gazan civilians broke through Israel's security fence at the Gaza Strip border and launched a surprise attack, taking control of several Israeli towns and attacking a music festival on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, which fell on the Sabbath, Oct. 7, 2023. During the massacre the terrorists tortured, raped, shot, beheaded, and burned their victims alive, murdering entire families and leaving at least 21 children without parents. Hamas terrorists also fired at least 5,000 rockets at Israeli population centers. In response, Israel launched Operation Iron Swords to counter the Hamas terror threat. Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon joined Hamas' terror war starting from the following day, attacking Israel from the north. Occasional rocket launches and shootings continued from Lebanon throughout the war. A ceasefire and prisoner exchange deal began on Nov. 24, 2023, in which Israel agreed to release 150 terrorist prisoners, pause drone surveillance in the Gaza Strip, and allow movement between the northern and southern Gaza Strip, in return for 50 Israeli female and child hostages held by Hamas. The deal was subsequently extended with additional releases, until Hamas violated the agreement and resumed attacking on Dec. 1, 2023.

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