Muslims, Christians serve iftar to Bethlehem’s poor

GAZA CITY: Christians in Palestine have been participating in Ramadan initiatives to mark the Muslim holy month of fasting.

Assist tasks, assist with avenue and market decorations, and the distribution of water and dates earlier than iftar, are among the many actions they’ve been concerned with in Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus within the West Financial institution.

Khalil Kawa, a 41-year-old Christian, has been handing out dates and ingesting water to passersby at a street junction in Nablus, a metropolis the place Muslims, Christians, and Samaritans stay side-by-side.


● The hospice is supervised by the Aman Charitable Society, and has been serving to poor Muslims and Christians within the metropolis for the previous 9 years.

● A minimum of 40 Christian households are receiving support from the hospice together with 1,500 Muslim households in Bethlehem.

He mentioned: “I don’t really feel that I’m doing one thing unusual being a Christian and distributing dates and water to those that are fasting. I don’t like to differentiate between a Muslim, a Christian, or a Samaritan. We’re all Palestinians.

“In 2013, a gaggle of my associates and I based a youth group that we known as the Nablus Tour. We’re a gaggle of photographers. We wander across the metropolis of Nablus and take photos, distribute sweets on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, and adorn the town within the runup to the blessed month of Ramadan and through Eid as properly. As well as, we distribute dates and water to the late fasting individuals.

“It’s a very stunning feeling that can’t be described, particularly since individuals are ready for us and ask earlier than Ramadan if we’re prepared or want something,” he added.

Kawa identified that originally the challenge was funded by him and his colleagues however because the group turned identified it usually discovered itself with plentiful funds and provides because of contributions.

In Ramallah, a gaggle of younger individuals launched a Ramadan consciousness marketing campaign titled, “Forgive and shake palms within the month of affection,” geared toward spreading optimistic messages amongst communities.

Within the predominantly Christian metropolis of Bethlehem, within the south of the West Financial institution, members of the Salesian scouts and guides group have been distributing yogurt, water, and dates.

One of many scouts, Fouad Salman, mentioned: “The residents of Bethlehem, Muslims and Christians, inherit love and coexistence from era to era, and the march of affection should proceed.”

The 37-year-old added that he felt happy with belonging to Palestine and Bethlehem and had taken half in voluntary work since being a baby, together with renewing carpets in mosques.


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