by the Yanoun team,
As we feared, the Israeli Civil Authority did place further restrictions on those able to come to pray in Jerusalem on Friday. On 3rd of July, the age limit for men to pass without a permit was raised from 40 to 50, and instead of all women being allowed—only women over 30 could pass without a permit. This was widely seen as “collective punishment”. One Palestinian man said:
“Where does it say in the Torah, the Koran or the Bible that you have to be over 50 to pray”.