Muslims praying in Mecca R 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Hassan Ali )
Israel’s state radio has begun announcing fasting times for the Muslim month of
Ramadan after Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu, co-executive director of the Abraham Fund
Initiatives, sent a letter to Israel Radio.
Beeri-Sulitzeanu told The
Jerusalem Post that the idea came to him when he was listening to announcements
on the radio Thursday morning.
“There are 1.5 million Arab-Israelis who
need to know the fast times,” he said, “so I sent a letter to the manager of Kol
Yisrael [Israel Radio], Michael Miro.”
He added that Miro responded
quickly and positively.
Beeri-Sulitzeanu then supplied the timetables,
and on Friday the broadcasts began.
Abraham Fund Initiatives works for
the integration and equality of Arab citizens in Israel.
have been very positive,” Beeri- Sulitzeanu said, adding that Arabs now feel
that their culture is gaining legitimation by the Israeli public.
about those who would argue that this is a Jewish state and Ramadan fasting
times should be provided by Arab radio stations, he said that Israel Radio was a
national broadcaster for everyone.
“If they broadcast Shabbat times, they
also need to do it for Muslims,” he asserted.
He concluded by saying that
other media outlets should also start broadcasting Ramadan fasting
During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from food, drink and sexual
activity from dawn until dusk. The daily fasts are broken in the evening with
prayer and festive meals called iftars.