Foreign News: Holy War

"Egypt does not want a war." So says Egypt's Premier Abdel Nasser, leading statesman of the Arab world. But the supreme spiritual voice of all Islam in effect denies that protestation. From Cairo's 1,000-year-old Al Azhar University, the Committee of Senior Ulema* solemnly confirmed a jihad (holy war) against Israel.

The fatwa (ruling), a pronouncement having almost the same force for Moslems as a papal encyclical for Roman Catholics, decrees that for a Moslem to recognize the state of Israel would be to condone an act of robbery. "All heavenly religions are unanimous in condemning robbery and stating that robbed objects should...

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