Ramadan: Egyptians Send a Mixed Message

David Lamb’s “A Holy Month Brings Comfort to Worried Muslims in Mideast” (Nov. 6) describes the strictness with which the Egyptian soldiers observed the fast of Ramadan, so that even in wartime, in 1973, they were hesitant to eat. They had too much respect for their religion to eat. When did this Egyptian attack on Israel take place? On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, because they benefited by choosing this day.

When Muslims have respect for religions other than their own, their worldview will change quite dramatically. It’s an interesting irony, isn’t it? You refer to the “war against Israel in 1973" -- and that’s true, it did take place in 1973. But history books call it the Yom Kippur War for a reason.

Faith Schames

Los Angeles



Lamb writes from Cairo about the holy month of Ramadan, a time for Muslims to “renew one’s commitment to God through prayer, charitable deeds and abstinence.” To commemorate this sacred time, Egyptian state TV will be airing a series based on the vehemently anti-Semitic canard, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

This inflammatory production serves no purpose other than to spread hatred and lies and demonize the Jewish people and the state of Israel. Shame on Egypt for brainwashing its people during their holiest month of the year.

Pauline Regev

Santa Monica