TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
My Saudi Arabian partner has suggested that I pass on to my distinguished recipients some information which he deems significant in the context of Saudi Arabian society and which is unlikely to be reported in the media.
Hamas has called upon Arabs everywhere to fast for one day today in solidarity with the people of Gaza. He says that everyone he knows is fasting today.
Hamas has also called upon imams to say special prayers for people in distress. He says that, at the time of evening prayers last night, mosques all over Jeddah were broadcasting from their loudspeakers the special prayers requested by Hamas.
Meanwhile, in the wake of yesterday's dramatic prison break, Husni Mubarak, under orders from his Israeli and American masters, has announced his intention to re-seal the Egyptian border with Gaza and resume his collaboration in the collective punishment of Gaza's desperate population. In addition, between 500 and 1000 people were arrested in Cairo yesterday, amid teargas and police baton charges, for demonstrating in support of the Palestinians in Gaza. Regime change is not always a bad thing -- at least when it is brought about by a country's own people. Many people in this part of the world would rejoice if Arab rule were to be restored in the most populous country in the Arab world.
In this context, the article transmitted below, originally published in the GUARDIAN,
is well worth reading.
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