SHAFAQNA -Â Residents of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem marked Eid al-Fitr â€“ the three-day festival that follows Ramadan â€“ by buying new clothes and toys for their children, despite difficult economic circumstances.
â€œFor my children, new clothes, candyÂ and toys are the essence of Eid,â€ Mohamed Naji, a 48-year-old father of three, told Anadolu Agency.
â€œEach day of Eid, they wake up early in the morning to enjoy their new gifts,â€ he said.
Naji added, however, that â€“ due to the difficult economic circumstances in the occupied territories â€“ this yearâ€™s Eid was proving a burden for many parents.
â€œPrices are too high,â€ he lamented. â€œThis month, I had to spend all my savings to meet my familyâ€™s needs.â€
Riyad Zughayyar, a 65-year-old clothing vendor in the southern West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron), said that business was slower than usual this Eid.
â€œAll the traffic on the streets doesnâ€™t reflect the reality of the situation,â€ he told Anadolu Agency. â€œThe hard economic situation that the Palestinian people are currently going through has badly affected sales.â€
Kareema Ayyad, for her part, a 36-year-old mother of four, is buying clothes for her children this year from Palestinian vendors in Jerusalemâ€™s Old City.
â€œI have decided to buy clothes for my children from Palestinian vendors in Jerusalem so as to support the cityâ€™s embattled residents,â€ she told Anadolu Agency.
â€œThe Israeli government is trying to cut East Jerusalem off from the rest of the West Bank,â€ she said. â€œWe must help the cityâ€™s Palestinian inhabitants however we can.â€