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Saudi Arabian Recognition of Israeli Passport Seen As Possibility

January 20, 1966
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Implicit Saudi Arabian recognition of passports issued by Israel was seen here as a possibility when it was learned that the Palestine Committee of the Arab League has been requested by some Moslem leaders to permit Moslems living in Israel to make holy pilgrimages to Mecca.

Thus far, Israeli Moslems have not been allowed to participate in the traditional Haj to Mecca. Israel has repeatedly told Moslem leaders in this country that members of their community wishing to make such a pilgrimage would be allowed to do so, but Saudi Arabia has refused to permit such voyages.

Israeli Moslem leaders, it became known today, have asked Moslem statesmen from Asia and Africa, who have visited Israel, to intercede on their behalf in regard to fulfilling their religious obligations by going to Mecca for holy visits.

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