Arabs Greet Start of Ramadan, Call for Support for Palestinians

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Arabs Greet Start of Ramadan, Call for Support for Palestinians


CAIRO, Egypt -- Firing cannons in celebration, the tiny state of Bahrain joined other Arab countries yesterday in announcing the impending start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Egypt and Jordan used the holiday to call for "liberation" of a venerated Jerusalem mosque from Israeli control.

Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, begins today amid continued Israeli-Palestinian violence and fresh trouble for Israel in south Lebanon. Arab religious leaders used traditional Ramadan greetings to pledge support for the Palestinians and push for intervention.

Grand Mufti Sheik Nasr Farid Wasel urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in greetings yesterday to "help the Palestinian people regain their legitimate rights and to work for the liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque."

The mosque, part of a compound in east Jerusalem that Israeli troops captured in 1967, is the Muslim world's third-holiest shrine.

In Amman, Jordan's Chief Justice Izzeddine al-Khatib al-Tamimi said in his traditional letter of congratulations to King Abdullah II that he hoped God would "salvage the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque from the hands of the aggressors and lift the injustice of the [Israeli] tyrants off our brothers in Palestine."

The Muslim World League, a non-governmental organization based in Saudi Arabia, called yesterday on the world's 850 million Muslims to support the Palestinians. …

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