By Sari Bensinger*As the summer of Ramadan approaches, many in the West feel a sense of obligation to return to a normal Ramadan, which, in some ways, is a necessity.
The Muslim fasting period in Israel is the longest in the world, stretching from Ramadan through to the end of the holy month of Ramadan in March.
The Israeli government has a long-standing policy of offering free or reduced-price meals during the Muslim fasting, but the timing of Ramadan also has an impact on many Palestinians, who have long relied on the government for their needs.
Israel’s economy has been booming in recent years, as have its political leaders, and the government has been under fire for some of the policies and practices of the previous Israeli government.
As Ramadan approaches and the Palestinian economy continues to prosper, some Israelis are asking themselves how they can honor Ramadan with a bread celebration that’s fair, just, and humane.
While some Israeli politicians have already signaled support for Ramadan, the majority of Israelis have not.
Instead, the celebrations have become an opportunity for a small group of Israelis to celebrate Ramadan without having to deal with the issues of Palestinians living under occupation.
Many Israelis celebrate Ramadan on Friday, a day designated by the Israeli government as a national holiday, but some Palestinians do not celebrate the Muslim holy month on that day.
In addition to the restrictions imposed on Palestinians living in Israel, Ramadan is also a time of celebration for Palestinians in Palestine, including those who have been living under Israeli occupation for generations.
Palestinians in Israel who are not from the West Bank or Gaza Strip, are forced to choose between their religious and economic needs, as well as other concerns, during the fast.
In some cases, they are forced, if not forced to, to live under Israeli military rule.
Despite the fact that Ramadan is an important month in the Muslim calendar, some Palestinians in Israel do not feel like it is their holiday to celebrate on a regular basis.
According to the Israeli-Palestinian Council of the International Relations, an organization that supports Palestinians living and working in Israel during Ramadan, many Palestinians do this on a seasonal basis, only visiting Israel on one day each year, but many Palestinians choose to celebrate their holiday in the form of a festival.
“It is a very important day, Ramadan, but we don’t want to use it to celebrate with our families,” said Shadi Abu-Azeem, who is from the Hebron refugee camp and lives in the southern city of Hebron.
“Ramadan is a great day to visit the West, but in my home, I don’t feel that it is Ramadan.
I don´t feel like celebrating on Ramadan.”
In the past, Abu- azeem and his family would visit the local Arab community in Hebron on the first Friday of Ramadan, where they would have meals and eat their traditional food.
“But since this year, we haven’t been able to go,” he said.
“I feel like we are missing out.”
Some Palestinians living on the West bank and Gaza Strip have also struggled to celebrate the month of Ramadhan.
They are prohibited from visiting the West banks, or in some cases only visiting the Gaza Strip during the week of Ramadan.
“We have had a lot of problems,” said Abu-Abdeen.
“Even in the village where we live, we are not allowed to go to the [West] bank.”
Abdelkader Abu-Rashid, a 27-year-old Palestinian living in the northern West Bank, said that while the government does not impose restrictions on his community, he has experienced discrimination from the Israeli authorities.
“The Israelis have a very hard time when we come to visit our families, because they are not able to see us,” he explained.
“This year, I think the [Israeli] security forces have been very aggressive.”
Israel has also been criticized for restricting Palestinians’ access to some of their traditional sources of income, such as the construction of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories.
When asked if the government should extend Ramadan to the West Banks, the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, referred all questions to the Palestinian Embassy in Ramallah.
The embassy did not respond to requests for comment.