TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - There is something different in Israel in this Ramadan month. Since Friday last week, July 12, 2013, Israel public radio, Kol Yisrael, has started to broadcast the fasting timetables, from sahur (meal before dawn) time to iftar (the breaking of the daily fast) time. The initiator of the program is Co-Executive Director of Abraham Fund Initiatives, Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu.
As quoted by The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, July 14, 2013, Beeri-Sulitzeanu got the idea after listening to a radio announcement on Thursday morning. "There are 1.5 million Arab-Israelis who need to know fast times," he said, "so I sent a letter to the manager of Kol Yisrael [Israel Radio], Michael Miro."
Beeri-Sulitzeanu's letter was immediately responded positively by Miro. Beeri-Sulitzeanu then supplied the schedules, and the program commenced it the next day.
Abraham Fund Initiatives is an organization campaigning for the integrity and equality of the Arab people in Israel. With the existence of the fasting schedules broadcasts on Kol Yisrael, Beeri-Sulitzeanu said, the Arab people will feel that their tradition is acknowledged by the Israelis.
THE JERUSALEM POST | CORNILA DESYANA