BEIRUT: The Kataeb Party Friday criticized the southern Abra Municipality for urging citizens to refrain from dining in public during Ramadan, urging officials to apologize for their “mistake.”
“The municipality’s decision is even more of an offense to Muslims than it is to Christians,” a statement from the Christian party said. “Lebanon’s diversity needs to be protected rather than destroyed.”
Earlier this week, the mayor of Sidon’s mainly Christian suburb, Walid Nicolas al-Mchantaf, released a memo calling on residents to be considerate of fasting Muslims and abstain from dining at restaurants and cafes during the holy month of Ramadan.
“Lebanese citizens are aware enough to know to respect Muslims who are fasting,” the Kataeb statement said, praising the existing level of national coexistence.
“The Kataeb Party calls on Abra Municipality to [retract] this major mistake against Muslims and Christians,” the statement added. “It needs to apologize to all Lebanese.”
During Ramadan, which begins at the end of next week, observant Muslims abstain from food, water and sex between sunrise and sunset.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 21, 2014, on page 3.