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Full Restoration of Arab Religious Life in Israel Reported by Embassy in Washington

Religious life in the Moslem communities in Israel has been fully restored, it was reported here today by the Israel Embassy. The report said that there are now 150 Moslem religious officials active in Israel: four Kadis (religious judges) in Nazareth, Haifa and Acre, 67 Imams (who lead prayers and deliver sermons), 24 Muzzins (callers to prayer), 21 Mazuns who register marriages and divorces.

The salaries of all these officials are paid by the Israel Government, which in addition also maintains four Sharia courts and 70 mosques throughout the country. A home for aged Moslems is maintained by the Ministry of Social Welfare in Acre, and preparations are under way for the establishment of Moslem orphanages in Jaffa and Haifa.

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