Sixty-five years ago, Ramadan happened during the Nakba

Sixteen Minutes to Palestine

Guest contribution by Jumana Al-Qawasmi

On July 8, 1948, Ramadan was just beginning all across the Muslim world. As Palestinian Muslims get ready for Ramadan this year — set to begin July 9, 2013 — we look forward to the usual: the beautiful nightly prayer congregations, the flickering colored lamps, the unimaginable amounts of cooking, and the time to develop our faith, patience, and capacity for introspection.

In the Palestine of 1948, however, Ramadan meant continued expulsions from a homeland and a heritage reaching back countless centuries. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were made refugees between April and June of 1948; thousands more still were forced out of their homes in July and on.

As I fast in training for the coming long days, I can’t help but think back to what it must have been like for my grandfather fleeing his hometown of Barkusia in Al-Khalil. He was only a…

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