Muslims and Christians living in Palestine do not conflict with each other, but are considered allies. It seems that there should not be so many contradictions between Muslims who honor the Koran, but the concept of faith is often rather vague here, and traditions have taken strong roots in the life of the Palestinians.
The Palestinian woman is a collective image. Villagers are very different from urban women. Urban Palestinian women are more educated, with broad interests and outlooks on life. In the city, women dress according to their own taste, here the influence of tradition is weak. Rural women can often be found wearing black abayas with embroidery, sometimes women are in niqabs. Almost all of them are housewives, their main entertainment is Turkish TV series and gatherings in a woman's circle. The woman in the family has considerable authority, her opinion is listened to.
It is customary for the Orthodox Arabs who live here to get engaged about six months before the wedding. Orthodox Arabs are a noisy, but calm people, their faith is cordial and direct. Traditions are strictly adhered to, being very conscientious people. They don't even follow the church calendar, they simply live by observing the fasts very strictly. If you go to their house during Lent, and there will be a quick meal on the table, they will be very embarrassed and will begin to apologize.
The laws of hospitality are strictly observed here. It is worth knocking on any Christian home, and you will be fed and watered, and then they will ask why you came. Divorces are not provided for by law. If there is a serious quarrel, a woman can safely leave her children to her husband and return to live with her mother. The husband will then come for her and persuade her to return.
Divorce is considered and equated to a serious mental illness, a rare family where there are divorced relatives is doomed to natural extinction. Nobody will give their daughter in marriage to such a family, they will not ask for a bride from such a family (the same situation occurs if the family has diseases that are inherited). Nowadays in local Christian families it is customary to have three or four children, which is not much by local standards.
Muslim families who practice polygamy have an average of twelve children, but Christian families have a completely different attitude towards children. It is customary here to take more care of their health, upbringing, education, they are better watched. For Muslims, children grow up on the street like grass in a field.
Despite this, at present interfaith relations are rather friendly in nature: interfaith marriages are very common. By tradition, spouses are selected by parents for young people, waiting only for their consent. Children are brought up in their father's confession.
If children are sent to study in an American Christian school, then even Muslims who send their children to this school sign a paper stating that they have no objection to the study of Christianity by children. In other schools, there is the following division: in the lessons of the Law of God, Muslims study the Koran, Christians - the Bible.
Muslims have a very strong desire to send their children to Christian schools. This is due, firstly, to the fact that the schools are clean and provide a good education. Secondly, Christians are forced to show tolerance, in accordance with which many children are accepted to study for free.
Many Christian private schools will have ten Christians in a class of twenty-five, whose parents pay quite an impressive amount of tuition fees each month. There will also be fifteen Muslims who receive free training.
Another side of reality is the Palestinian refugee camps, which do not pay for electricity, water, medicine, education, or taxes, which lasts for decades. Every second Palestinian family lives on five dollars a day, so they have to borrow money even for food.
Palestine bans children under 15 years of age, but Palestinian schoolchildren help their parents earn a living by selling scrap metal found in landfills to buyers.
Currently, a quarter of the Palestinian population lives below the poverty line. According to statistics, more than 53% of the Palestinian population is under 18 years of age. Many of them die in clashes, and those who are a little fortunate become prisoners of Israeli dungeons.
According to UNICEF data, one in ten Palestinian children under the age of five is stunted, and one in five suffers from anemia as a result of chronic or acute malnutrition. Due to the malnutrition of pregnant women, those children who have not yet been born are at risk of premature birth and disease.