To the high imams of the fanatical Shiah sect of Iraq's Moslems went recently a request for a fatwa—an ecclesiastical ruling. Asked by the Society for the Defense of Palestine to determine whether Iraqis should engage in a jihad—holy war —for their Arab brothers in Palestine, the ecclesiastics of Iraq's holy cities pondered over their Koran, read the Moslem traditions, looked into precedents, ruled last week that according to the words of the Prophet a jihad was called for.

To Britain that fatwa was potentially a more serious matter than any ten or twelve riots in Palestine. For it meant that...

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