MembersRamadan Under Occupation

Palestinians looking to celebrate Islam’s top holiday their way found a surprising lack of religious freedom

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: Islam
Muslims are free to worship as they please under Israeli law. Not so much under the PA. Photo: Sliman Khader/Flash90

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan recently wrapped up with the festive Eid al-Fitr holiday. Some observers wondered how the associated celebrations might differ for Palestinian living under “Israeli occupation” from what Muslims in other parts of the Middle East experience. 

The truth, as it usually turns out to be, is quite boring. That is to say, Eid al-Fitr in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories looked pretty much as it did in most of the neighboring Arab countries (Syria excluded, for obvious reasons). To put it another way, the fact that Israel maintains overall control of the lands that the Palestinians claim for their future state had almost no impact whatsoever on their ability to mark this holiday as they saw fit, as evidenced by the following series of photos.

 Muslims flocks to the beaches of Tel Aviv for what is Islam’s biggest holiday. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

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