Traveling from cities and villages across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians celebrate the holiday of Eid a-Fitr at the beach. For many, it was their first time there. For others, it was their first time in half a century. By Oren Ziv Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank celebrated the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, on the beaches of Tel Aviv and Jaffa over the past two days. For many, it was their first time there — a visit made possible by special entry permits issued by the…Read More... | 48 Comments
Hotels in Israel are offering their Jewish clients some vacation segregation. Staff at the Magic Sunrise Hotel in Eilat have been making phone calls of their own volition to Jewish clientele who have reservations this weekend to warn them that there will be a lot of Arabs at the hotel due to the Muslim Eid el-Fitr holiday, and offering them to cancel or push back their reservation free of charge, according to a report on Israel's Channel 10 Tuesday. [tmwinpost] In one audio recording of a conversation (Hebrew), the hotel employee can be heard telling a client that it will…Read More... | 1 Comment
A Palestinian family is burned alive in a settler attack, Jerusalem's Pride Parade ends in terror, and three Palestinian youths are killed by Israeli soldiers. The three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, during which thousands celebrated on the shores of the Mediterranean, seems like a lifetime ago. Photos by: Oren Ziv, Ahmad al-Bazz, Faiz Abu-Rmeleh, Keren Manor, Mustafa Bader, Anne Paq, Yotam Ronen, Tess Scheflan / Activestills.org, Edit: Anka Mirkin.Read More...
Tensions in Israel are increasing as the Jewish fast and the Muslim feast are set to take place on the same day. But should Muslims give up their holiday joy just to ensure that Jews are not disturbed? (Translated from Hebrew by Sol Salbe) Once every 33 years it happens: Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, and on the same day the Jews are engaged in introspection each looking at their relations with others in the world, and seeking forgiveness, on Yom Kippur. Jews fast while we feast from dawn to dusk in a rare and inexplicable…Read More... | 12 Comments
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, begins this evening - as does Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of Ramadan. One of the holiday traditions - besides overeating - is the sending of greeting cards. Over recent years, as social media has taken over our lives, personalized greeting cards have been replaced with less-personal emails, blog posts, or video greetings. Take, for example, President Obama's video greetings to Jewish Americans, posted on the White House website. This year, the Geneva Initiative, a Palestinian-Israeli NGO that is really more of a power peddler than a peace pursuer, once again…Read More...
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