Meanwhile, the Chairman of the PA Supreme Court for Shari'ah Law has said that "our streets are Islamic," and that even non-Muslims should not eat in public during Ramadan. What Western Muslim spokesman will go to the PA and explain to Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is that he is misunderstanding Sharia? Imam Rauf? Boy Reza? Honest Ibe? Brave Ahmed? Anyone? Anyone?
"Six Palestinians arrested, one given a month in prison, for eating in public during Ramadan," by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik for Palestinian Media Watch, August 1:
Six people have been arrested and one sentenced to a month in prison for eating in public during the month of Ramadan, according to the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper. Under Islamic law, eating is prohibited from sunrise until sunset during the entire month.
In addition, the Chairman of the PA Supreme Court for Shari'ah Law said PA law should prohibit even non-Muslims and those who cannot fast for health reasons from eating in public during the month. Sheikh Yusuf Ida'is explained: "Our streets are Islamic," and formal legislation should be enacted to "severely punish" anyone who eats publicly during Ramadan. Sheikh Ida'is was appointed Chairman of the Shari'ah court by presidential order of Mahmoud Abbas in January 2012.
It should be noted that approximately 10 per cent of Palestinians in the West Bank are Christian....