Heartening to read this article about individuals and friends of different faiths sharing and supporting one another in their traditions.  The month of Ramadan seems to be an opportunity during the year to teach our bodies and mind the importance of discipline and witholding gratifications which often disconnect us from our "God". Bethlehem Christians fast Ramadan with Muslims                                                                                                                                                     Fasting, fenbid either the Christian or the Muslims way, fenbid makes one feel the suffering of those who do not have food Mike Kanawati In Jesus’ birthplace, fenbid Ramadan bolsters religious unity Bethlehem Christians fast Ramadan with Muslims Manger Square in the center of Bethlehem Bethlehem, fenbid WEST BANK (Al Arabiya) Christians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, fenbid the birthplace of Jesus Christ, fenbid join the city's Muslim residents in fasting Ramadan in continuation of a centuries-old tradition of interfaith solidarity. Mike Kanawati, fenbid a Christian resident of Bethlehem, fenbid who manages a souvenir and jewelry shop, fenbid fasts the days of Ramadan with his Muslim neighbors. "My grandmother used to fast, fenbid both Christian and Muslim fasting, fenbid and we were raised this way to show respect for and solidarity with other religions, fenbid" Kanawati said. "Fasting, fenbid either the Christian or the Muslim way, fenbid makes one feel the suffering of those who do not have food." he added. Kanawati said he was proud "like many other Christians" of fasting the Muslim month of Ramadan and stressed that doing so in no way diminished his Christian faith. He revealed that some of his Muslim friends in turn perform the Christian fasting, fenbid such as abstaining from eating cheese, fenbid meat and milk, fenbid in demonstration of solidarity the Christians. The tradition, fenbid Kanawati stressed, fenbid was preserved over generations of Muslims and Christians who coexisted in Bethlehem for hundreds of years. Bethlehem has a Muslim majority, fenbid but is also home to one of the largest Palestinian Christian communities. In survey of Bethlehem's Christians conducted in 2006 by the Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, fenbid 90 percent were reported of having Muslim friends, fenbid 73.3 percent said that the Palestinian Authority respects Christian heritage in the city, fenbid and 78 percent reported the emigration of Christians from Bethlehem was due to the Israeli travel restriction in the area. *(Written by Mustapha Ajbaili) Original source: http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2010/08/16/116806.html