Jerusalem Mayor to Fire Ramadan Cannon


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nbaJerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is being honored with firing the ancient Ramadan cannon announcing the end of the Ramadan fast on Wednesday July 10th.

The event will take place on Wednesday, July 10th, at the ancient cemetery on Salah ad Din Street at 19:20.

The month of Ramadan takes place this year from July 9th until August 10th (including the three day Eid al-Fitr holiday).

During the month of Ramadan, it is customary for Muslims to fast and pray from sunrise until sunset. Throughout the month, the ceremonial cannon fires twice each day to mark the beginning and end of the fast.

The Haj Yahya Sandouk family is responsible for the firing of the gun during the Ramadan, a tradition they have held for 120 years.

Mayor Barkat stated the following: “We wish the Muslim residents of Jerusalem, and Muslims around the world, a meaningful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Will he be allowed to do so for Muslims without fasting? Maybe he should fast the day before for Jews’ sake and kill 2 birds in 1 shot?

  2. First of all Barkat probably does fast on tisha ba’av and second of all he’s probably the best thing that happened to Jerusalem since Teddy Kollek (who was mayor for almost 30 years) so the negative comments are a little uncalled for. The fact that as mayor of a secular but culturally diverse city he partakes in ceremonies and events of another religions is to be expected and much better for Israel than headlines about the mayor refusing to honor the custom and participate in the event.