Ramadan Under Occupation Sliman Khader/Flash90
Middle East

Ramadan Under Occupation

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

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…