JERUSALEM (Jun. 18)
The Israel Ministry for Religious Affairs today sent greetings to Moslem citizens in the Jewish state on the occasion of the opening of the Ramadan month of fast. During the entire month, Moslems fast and pray during the daylight hours and rejoice in the evening.
All Moslem prisoners in Israel will be released from work during Ramadan. Double rations of food will be issued by the Ministry of Supply to Moslem citizens who observe the fast from sunrise to sunset and celebrate during the evening with feasts.
The beginning of the observance of Ramadan will be marked with Moslem prayers broadcast over the government Voice of Israel station by Sheikh Taha Tabari, who was recently appointed head of the Moslem religious community in the Jewish state.