A Ramadan meal in NSWAS
December 12, 2001
Ramadan 1422 is being felt as a particularly dismal time by Moslems in many places in the world, from Palestine to Afghanistan.
Usually in NSWAS a special holiday meal is prepared around Id al-Fitr, the festival that closes the holy month. This year, no one felt it was appropriate to organize a hafle - a festive meal. We felt that commemoration of the holiday should express solidarity with Palestinians who live under oppression and occupation, and the thousands who have been deprived of their livelihood due to the worsening conflict - not forgetting that even in Israel itself, one half of all Arab children live below the poverty line.
The Pluralistic Spiritual Centre arranged a potluck dinner, held after sundown in the traditional way. Non-Moslem residents of the village were encouraged to fast during the day in solidarity, and several did so. Though NSWAS is a fairly secular village all round, quite a number of Moslem families fast for the entire month of Ramadan .
The meal was well-attended by both Jewish and Arab (Moslem and Christian)
families. At the end of the meal, each participating family donated
money to the cause of medical treatment Gaza. This will be added to a
donation designated for the same purpose received from a donor
at the iftar meal: