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Israeli President Shimon Peres has released a video message wishing the Muslim world “Ramadan Kareem”, meaning “have a blessed Ramadan (or Ramzan)”.
During the month of Ramadan, which begins this year (2012) on July 19/20, Muslims around the world refrain from eating, drinking etc from sunrise to sunset, in order to demonstrate their submission to God.
The greetings begin with President Peres’ saying “Salam Alekum,” or, in Hebrew, “Shalom Aleichem,” the greetings for peace.
“On behalf of all of the Israeli people, I want to extend to all Muslims around the world my very best wishes for a Ramadan Kareem,” Peres says.
We appreciate Israeli’s gesture of wishing Ramadan and reaching out to other people in friendship. We hope that the State of Israel will take concrete steps in order to abolish the apartheid against its own Arab citizens and other persecuted groups, and also seek to resolve its dispute with the Palestinians in accordance with international obligations and UN resolutions. The more Israel does in this regard, the better and more humane its policies get, the better this will become in its appearance and conduct.
At the same time, we think it is important that Muslim majority states, right from Iran to Saudi Arabia and from Pakistan to Malaysia abolish anti-Semitism and extend friendship towards the State of Israel and the Jewish people in general. As Israeli President rightly noted, Muslims, Christians and Jews (as well as other human beings) share most values and morals. Together we can build a better world and serve humanity.