Embassy of Malta breaks fast with community in Maghar in the North of Israel
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Embassy of Malta breaks fast with community in Maghar in the North of Israel

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Mar 28, 2023

On 27 March 2023, Ambassador Cecilia Attard-Pirotta and her spouse, Mr Ivan Attard, accompanied by First Secretary Mr Charles Calleja and his spouse, attended a breaking of the fast, known as ‘Iftar’ with the community in Maghar, a city in the North of Israel, at the invite of the mayor of the town, Mr Fareed Ganem, Deputy Mayor Ms Noha Jaber and Muslim Representative Mr Muhammad Shini.

On this occasion, Ambassador Attard-Pirotta also received a presentation, by the Middle-School students studying English at the ‘Eshol Pais’ cultural centre, on the history and geography of Maghar, as well as its societal dynamics. Maghar is a city with an inter-faith community composed of mainly Muslims, Druze, and Christians, with a population of around 25,000. The presentation then ended with some remarks from the city’s mayor, who commended the preparation by the students.

During her remarks, Ambassador Attard-Pirotta noted the various cultural and linguistic similarities between life in the Maltese Islands and in Maghar. She was remarked how in spite of different cultural and religious backgrounds, communities could live in peace and unity, and the city of Maghar was a living example of this.  Ambassador Attard-Pirotta then concluded by thanking her hosts for their hospitality and commended the work the city had been doing to promote inter-faith dialogue.