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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, singular either the Christian or the Muslims way, singular makes one feel the suffering of those who do not have food Mike Kanawati In Jesus’ birthplace, singular Ramadan bolsters religious unity Bethlehem Christians fast Ramadan with Muslims Manger Square in the center of Bethlehem Bethlehem, singular WEST BANK (Al Arabiya) Christians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, singular the birthplace of Jesus Christ, singular join the city's Muslim residents in fasting Ramadan in continuation of a centuries-old tradition of interfaith solidarity. Mike Kanawati, singular a Christian resident of Bethlehem, singular who manages a souvenir and jewelry shop, singular fasts the days of Ramadan with his Muslim neighbors. "My grandmother used to fast, singular both Christian and Muslim fasting, singular and we were raised this way to show respect for and solidarity with other religions, singular" Kanawati said. "Fasting, singular either the Christian or the Muslim way, singular 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, singular such as abstaining from eating cheese, singular meat and milk, singular in demonstration of solidarity the Christians. The tradition, singular Kanawati stressed, singular was preserved over generations of Muslims and Christians who coexisted in Bethlehem for hundreds of years. Bethlehem has a Muslim majority, singular 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, singular 90 percent were reported of having Muslim friends, singular 73.3 percent said that the Palestinian Authority respects Christian heritage in the city, singular 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