The Shofar is the ancient trumpet which called the people of God to prayer, repentance, sacrifice and war.


In a three-day TV marathon, Saudi Arabian citizens donated £70 million including expensive cars and gold jewellery to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers.  The fund-raising was conducted with the approval of the Saudi royal family and government.  King Faud reiterated Saudi Arabia's support for the Palestinian 'martyrs' and pledged £2 million himself...  One man donated a car 'so a Palestinian fighter can use it to blow up a military barracks and kill soldiers.'

Similar TV appeals in other gulf states have had similar success: in Abu Dhabi, £34 million was raised, in Bahrain £7 million, in Dubai and Qatar, £24 million and £6 million respectively.  Estimates are of a grand regional total of more than £150 million.