Muslims and Christians living in Palestine do not conflict with each other, but are considered to be allies. However, the remnants of the past still prevail over common sense. It seems that between Muslims who honor the Koran, there should not be so many contradictions, but the concept of faith here is quite often blurred, and traditions have taken root in the life of the Palestinians.
A Palestinian woman is an image of a collective. Villagers are very different from urban. Urban Palestinian women are more educated, with broad interests and outlook on life. In the city women dress for their own taste, here the influence of traditions is weak. Rural women can often be found in black abay with embroidery, sometimes there are women in niqabah. They are almost all – housewives, their main entertainment is the Turkish series and gatherings in the women’s circle. A woman in the family has considerable authority, her opinion is listened to.
Orthodox Arabs living here, it is customary to get engaged about six months before the wedding. Orthodox Arabs – the people are noisy, but calm, their faith is cordial-spontaneous. Traditions are strictly adhered to, being very conscientious people. They do not even follow the church calendar, they simply live by keeping posts very strictly. If you go to their house during the fast, and on the table will be fast food, they are very embarrassed and will begin to apologize.
Here the laws of hospitality are strictly observed. It’s worth knocking at any Christian house, and they will feed you and give you drink, and then they will ask you why you came. Divorce is not provided by law. If a serious quarrel has occurred, a woman can safely leave her children to her husband and return to live with her mother. The husband will then come after her and persuade him to come back.
Divorce is considered and equated with a grave mental illness, a rare family where there are divorced relatives is doomed to natural extinction. No one will give his daughter in marriage to such a family, they will not ask a bride from such a family (the same situation arises if there are diseases inherited in the family). Now in the local Christian families it is customary to have three or four children, which by local standards is not enough.
In Muslim families practicing polygamy, children averagely twelve, but in Christian families the attitude towards children is completely different. Here it is customary to take more care of their health, upbringing, education, they are better supervised. In Muslims, children grow on the street like grass in a field.
Despite this, at present interfaith relations are rather friendly: inter-confessional marriages are very common. According to the tradition of spouses, young people are selected by their parents, only waiting for their consent. Children receive education in the confession of the father.
If children are sent to study in an American Christian school, even Muslims who give children to this school sign a paper stating that they have no objection to the study of Christianity by children. In other schools there is the following division: in the lessons of the Law of God, Muslims study the Koran, Christians – the Bible.
Muslims have a very great desire to give their children to Christian schools. This is due, first, to the fact that the schools are clean and give a good education. Secondly, Christians are forced to show tolerance, in accordance with which many children are accepted to study for free.
Many Christian private schools in a class of twenty-five people will have ten Christians, whose parents pay each month a fairly impressive amount of tuition for the child. There will also be fifteen Muslims who receive free education.
Another side of reality is the Palestinian refugee camps, which do not pay for electricity, water, medicine, education, or taxes that last for decades. Every second Palestinian family lives on five dollars a day, therefore it is compelled to borrow money even for food.
In Palestine, it is prohibited to use the labor of children under the age of 15, but Palestinian schoolchildren help to earn a living for their parents by selling the found pieces of metal in a landfill to buyers.
Currently, a quarter of the population of Palestine is below the poverty line. According to statistics, more than 53% of the Palestinian population are young people under the age of 18. Many of them die in skirmishes, and those who are lucky enough to become prisoners of Israeli torture chambers.
According to UNICEF, every tenth Palestinian child under the age of five is behind in growth, one in five is anemic due to chronic or acute malnutrition. Due to malnutrition in pregnant women, those children who are not yet born are at risk of premature birth and illness.