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Moslem Pilgrimage to Mecca

Some 2,750 Israeli Arabs, a third more than last year, left Israel Sunday on the first stage of the Haj, the traditional Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca.

This is the eighth year that Saudi Arabia has permitted Israeli Moslems to make the journey. According to a tacit agreement between Israel, Jordan and East Jerusalem Moslem leaders, the pilgrims will use Jordanian documents and travel on Jordanian buses.

The pilgrims, who will be joined by other Arabs from the territories, will travel to Saudi Arabia via Jordan. They will stay in Mecca and Medina, the two holiest cities of Islam, for a month.