Ramadan At The Israeli Checkpoint

Children waiting to go through the checkpoint

Children waiting to go through the checkpoint. Pic. Credit: CPT

We are in the month of Ramadan, the month Muslims fast, have to be devoted to charitable giving, peacemaking, and helping whoever is in need. It is the time of renewing spirituality for each person. It’s the time to practice social solidarity by all means, help the poor, strengthen family ties, and pray for the world.
In Hebron the activities in Ramadan may be different, and more challenging. In cities all over Palestine there are public events held in the streets. This is not possible in Hebron due to the overwhelming Israeli military presence. But on the 19th of Ramadan a group of activists in Hebron organized an activity in front of Checkpoint 56 (the checkpoint closing off Shuhada Street).
The activities included music celebrating Ramadan and speeches from the organizers. According to the organizers the activity was about resisting the occupation nonviolently. They resisted by practicing spiritualty at the checkpoint, by remembering the prisoners and their families, and by reminding the world that justice will prevail.
During the event soldiers came out and asked the crowd to move, but did not stay, and the crowd continued to grow and celebrate. About a hundred people where there. Men, women and children where participating in the event, and enjoying the Music. Even the Hebron Governor participated to show the residents of the old city the importance of their resistance, and to thank residents for all the efforts and the sumud (steadfast perseverance) they are doing to protect the Hebron’s Old City. (Source: CPT).

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