Berber Minority Protests Mandatory Ramadan Muslim Fast with “Eat-In”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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In what may be the tastiest protest ever, members of Algeria’s Berber minority have protested the government’s crackdown on those not partaking in the Muslim fasting of Ramadan with an “Eat-In”.

 About 300 people in a restive northern region of Algeria have joined a public lunch during Ramadan to protest against what they say is persecution of people who refuse to observe the religious fast.

The lunch on Saturday was highly unusual for North Africa, where people can be arrested for not fasting during the Muslim holy month.

It was held as a demonstration against the decision of security forces to question three young people who were eating outside last week in the Kabylie region during the 18-hour daily fasting period.

“We called this gathering to denounce the inquisition and persecution of citizens who, because of their beliefs, refuse to observe the fast,” said Bouaziz Ait Chebib, head of the local Kabylie Autonomy Movement.

The Berbers of the Kabylie are known for a more secular outlook in general than Algeria’s majority Arabs, and have had a historically tense relationship with Algeria’s government.

In previous years, Kabylie residents who refused to fast during the month of Ramadan faced charges of “acting against Islam”.

Apparently eating is now also a form of Islamophobia. While some Berbers are courageous enough to protest mandatory Ramadan fasting in a Muslim country, mandatory Ramadan fasting has been creeping into the UK for a while now with stories such as these.

All members of Tower Hamlets Council in east London, where 36 per cent of the population follows Islam, were sent an email asking them to abide by the restrictions observed by strict Muslims during the month.

Cllr Stephanie Eaton, leader of the Lib Dem group, said she would be ignoring the new Ramadan regime and added: “I was rather disconcerted to see that the arrangements put in place for Ramadan, which we support for Muslim colleagues, have been imposed upon all councillors.

“We object to the request that non-Muslim councillors observe the fasting rules for Ramadan. This sends out the wrong message to our community.

And there is even this modern twist on Oliver Twist.

An angry mother has accused a primary school of denying her child water on one of the hottest days of the year for fear of upsetting pupils observing Ramadan.

Many pupils at Charles Dickens Primary School, Portsmouth, Hampshire, are fasting during Ramadan, which means they refrain from taking food or water between sunrise and sunset for around 30 days, depending on the moon.

 

  • herb benty

    About time! Christians have traditions, as do Buddists, Hindus, Bahais, and all the rest. None persecute others for not “respecting” their particular ordinances—except Islam. The words of our Lord applies here, ” when you fast, don’t do it to impress people, in fact, when you fast keep clean, wash your face. Fast in secret and God, who sees you in secret, will reward you openly” Mathew 6:16 I wish I could show muslims how God loves us and how we can love others with God inside us. Rather I pray for this, my wishing is worthless.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      About time! Christians have traditions, as do Buddists, Hindus, Bahais, and all the rest. None persecute others for not “respecting” their particular ordinances—except Islam.

      You are making the idiotic assumption that Islam is a religion, but what religions compel faith under the penalty of death for blasphemy and apostasy other than Islam? The answer is none of them. Thus, Islam obviously isn’t a religion. Instead, its a cult posing as being a religion in order to dupe its intended infidel victims, as the sole fundamental purpose of Islam is to subjugate into Islamic totalitarianism all religions and all infidels through jihad and the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law.

      • herb benty

        We win, even if it may not look good. I was saying religion because if I come out screaming that Islam is Satans murderous cult, I will turn off some that might otherwise at least listen.To me Islam is insanity codified. A seemingly “respected” muslim cleric in Calgary, Alberta Canada just said, “Islam will become the majority in Canada so they can commit jihad”. He said this openly! I live in the next Province beside Alberta, how do you think I feel about that! Part of me wants to pick up my scoped 7mm Mag Remington and get to work. But I can’t, I am a Christian and the muslims know this. Islam takes advantage of our good nature and uses it against us. God said, Vengance is mine,says the Lord, I will repay!”.So, for now I don’t do anything but SPEAK THE TRUTH, the people may wake up from worshiping Obama instead of God. There is a time to kill, Peter had a sword under his cloak when Jesus was betrayed,a sword!! That is todays gun, we are allowed to defend our families and our lives, if it comes to that.YO BRO!!!

      • Tricia

        If you want to have Ramadan then have it is a Islamic country, not western countries as UK, USA etc that are not your countries.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Refusal to submit to Islam is Islam-o-phobia.

  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    One can only hope there will be a violent backlash against all of this. Lepanto revisited.

  • Alan

    Quite frankly this is unaceptable. If anyone bullied me into fasting I would make sure to bring ham sandwhiches and beer for all for refreshments at council meetings. Angry, Intolerant Islam in the root cause and needs to be called out every time this kind of thing happens. Tower Hamlets and Woowich are not part of Pakistan/Afghanistan… Typical consequence of 50 years or more of lib-dem/labour ideological poisoning of Native British values and religion… In addition I would make a point of celebrating and promoting Easter and Christmas… The average UK citizen (non-muslim) must wake up and start making demands of their Government to legislate that UK muslims/islamics respect and uphold UK citizenry ABOVE their Islamic ideology. Mosques must be monitored for hate speech and closed if it is found they are centres of jijad/sharia hate preaching…enough is enough!

  • oodloo

    Fasting? It’s getting up early to eat before dawn, then skipping lunch, then gorging at sunset. oooh, sorry guys, didn’t know you couldn’t stand to watch someone else eat when your religion makes you skip lunch.

  • Jenny Didzena

    the ramadan is part off praying and fasting i like the way they pray ramadan start at sun set it stats people pray all night finsh sun down finish praying during thir praying they connot eat or drink during their praying its good in the way clean ther sins things they have done its good

  • Jenny Didzena

    lots off food i want to be their too on Ramadan feast lots lots off food

  • Jenny Didzena

    i didnt know fasting gather at sun set get up early to eat before dawm wow thats early

  • Karl Pentel

    Ramadan child abuse: Hospitals, schools and all institutions receiving government funding should be prohibited and risk lose funding if they in any way or manner encourages or permits religious fasting for children under the age 15. Or just make it simple by using the same minimum age that permits sexual intercoursel. – Sex & Fasting = same legal permit age limit! It is a health issue stupid!