Egypt in turmoil: blame the Jews!

 

 

The ongoing bloodbath in Egypt got me thinking about the Jews from Egypt. We have a long history there; each Pesach we are exhorted to remember when we were slaves in Egypt and to celebrate our redemption from slavery to freedom.

Under Mubarak’s regime, repressive though it was, minorities and secularists were safer than under Morsi’s reign of terror

The Copts are the indigenous people of Egypt – just as the Jews are the indigenous people of Israel – and the Coptic Orthodox Church predates the Islamic conquest of the region by hundreds of years. Yet its members are routinely discriminated against under Islam, the official state religion, whose legislation is mainly based on sharia.

In less than a century, Egypt’s Jewish population has diminished from 75,000 in 1948 to less than a 100 today. Despite their tiny numbers, the MB blame the Jews for their overthrow. 2013 Daniel Greenfield wrote:

 Interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour became the target of Muslim Brotherhood mudslinging…On its website, the Muslim Brotherhood sought to unmask Mansour, born and educated in Cairo, as a Seventh Day Adventist Christian, which it re-classified as a Jewish sect, thus making him a descendant of Jews..

Considering that Mansour also served in Egypt’s Sharia courts, it isn’t too likely that he would be a Christian. Let alone a Jew. Read Here:

The Brotherhood’s claim… was attributed to Al-Jazeera reporter Ahmed Mansour (no relation to the interim president), who… said that Adly Mansour even approached the Coptic Pope in an effort to move closer to Christianity, but was refused a baptism.

Mansour concludes: “Congratulations, [Egypt], you are now ruled by Jews and Christians.”

The Post quoted the article as saying that ElBaradei had turned down an invitation to participate in a conference that denied the Holocaust as “a token gesture offered to the Jews by ElBaradei so that he can become President of the Republic in the fake elections that the military will guard and whose results they will falsify in their interests. All with the approval of America, Israel and the Arabs, of course.”

So anyone who isn’t a Holocaust denier must be a puppet of the Jews. Read HERE

On 18 August, Greenfield reported that the MB’s Gamal Nassar accused Al-Sisi of Being a Secret Jew:

Gamal Nassar: I was trying to figure out Al-Sisi’s origins…I was surprised to learn… that Al-Sisi is of Jewish origin. His mother is called Mulaika Titani, and her brother was a member of the Jewish Haganah organization. Thus, we see that this man… is implementing a Zionist plan to divide Egypt.

… Whoever reads The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the writings of [the Jews], including those who were writing in the U.S., realizes that this plot was premeditated.

Safa Al-Hashem, activist and political candidate for the Kuwaiti parliament, has launched a sharp attack on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Hashem told Al-Watan-Kuwait that the Brotherhood has a plan to deploy this poison in the Gulf, and he claims that Hassan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, was really a Moroccan immigrant of Jewish descent! According to al-Hashem, al-Banna really meant the “Jewish brotherhood” when he founded the organization. Read HERE

It seems the worst insult you can lob at your enemy is to accuse them of being a Jew!

Egyptian Jews, a tolerated minority (depending on the whim of the ruler), have been under siege since Israel was restored. In 1948, the Jewish Quarter of Cairo was bombed, killing more than 70 Jews and wounding 200. After the Sinai Campaign, nearly 25,000 Jews were expelled and their property confiscated, with others imprisoned. When war broke out in 1967, Jewish homes and property were confiscated.

Sha’ar Hashamayim Synagogue (Cairo)

In 2007, with great exultation, the Sha’ar Hashamayim synagogue in Cairo was rededicated by the city’s small Jewish community. It turned out to be a false dawn: on Morsi’s watch, it lost its designation as a Jewish House of Worship.

Tragic to think that in less than 100 years, the Jews of Egypt went from being citizens, enjoying comparative acceptance, to enemies. So what happened to the Jews, once numerous in Egyptian society? Most left and resettled in Western countries. A smaller amount relocated to Israel. Some converted to Islam in order to keep their jobs and property, maybe hoping that they could return to Judaism once conditions improved. Those Jews remaining today are virtually forced to denounce Israel, for their own survival:

 At this upscale Cairo café, Sam and Amira, brother and sister, are the last two who would be seen as Jewish…

“Egypt is a strange country,” Amira says, “because while we have seen so much anger toward Israel, and rightfully so, at the same time even those people who find out we are Jewish have little problem hanging out and dealing with us.”

Most of Sam and Amira’s ancestors in Egypt fled the country following the founding of Israel, then the crackdown on Jewish businesses and the Jewish community in general with the ascension of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1956.

But Sam and Amira’s family has never taken Egyptian citizenship – they hold European passports. When the pogroms against the Jewish community began in earnest in the early 1950s, the government went after those business-owning families who were officially documented as Jews; Sam’s was not.  Today… fewer than 100 documented Jews remain in Egypt. But Amira and Sam, because they are not documented, don’t count in this estimate.

“We have a few friends who are in positions similar to ours,” Sam explains, “living and working in Egypt as residents but technically not Egyptian.”

As late as the 1920s and 1930s, there were Jews who were integrated into the political and intellectual life of the country…one of these, Murad Beh Farag, was a co-author of the first Egyptian constitution, adopted in 1923. He was an outspoken opponent of the idea of a Jewish state.

In 2004, as documented by Rami Mangoubi in the Middle East Times, nearly all of the Jewish males in Egypt were jailed or forced into exile for their purported connections with Tel Aviv and the Jewish occupation of Palestinian lands after 1967. WITH THE removal of long-time Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in February, 2011, times are changing in Egypt once again. Sam and Amira think Egypt can once again be the tolerant and open society it once was. Amira  says,

“I really think that Egyptian Jews had a great role in the formation of this country, and it has been lost sometimes as a result of the anger toward what Israel does to Palestine; so I think that if people can start talking honestly about our participation in Egypt, it will help see the return of many Jews in exile.” HERE

Sadly, their optimism that Egypt would change after the fall of Mubarak was misplaced.

Magda Haroun is now head of Egypt’s dwindling Jewish community:

She will probably be the last chairperson of this community, given the fact that there are only scores of elderly Jewish ladies left in this country and that she and her sister Nadia, both of whom are approaching their 60s, represent the youngest of Egyptian Jewry.

For Haroun, Israel “is still the enemy.” “There is no logic in building a state for the followers of one faith; there is no logic there. Why can’t we all live together? In this country we all lived together; our diversity was a source of strength,” she laments.

She will probably be the last chairperson of this community, given the fact that there are only scores of elderly Jewish ladies left in this country and that she and her sister Nadia, both of whom are approaching their 60s, represent the youngest of Egyptian Jewry.

For Haroun, Israel “is still the enemy.”

“There is no logic in building a state for the followers of one faith; there is no logic there. Why can’t we all live together? In this country we all lived together; our diversity was a source of strength,” she laments.

Making sure that the members of the Jewish communities are well looked after is the chief task that Haroun must attend to now. Another is to make sure that Jewish monuments are well maintained and kept “by Egyptians.”

 “One day, not far away, there will be no Egyptian Jew living in this country, but there will be a legacy of Egyptian Jews who were like other people, good and bad, rich and poor, observant and secular – but they were there; and their cemeteries and synagogues – like their memoires and pictures – will still be there,” Haroun concluded with a deep sigh. HERE

While understandable, it’s unfortunate that in order to stay in Egypt, Jews are forced to follow the Arab line of denouncing Israel for its persecution of Palestinians. They can never sit down to a Seder and pronounce “L’shana habaah b’yerushalayim.”. לשנה הבאה בירושלים

In many ways they are still slaves in Egypt.

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6 comments

  1. At least whilst Arabs and Muslims are busy killing each other in Egypt and Syria on Israel’s borders they have less time to be plotting to kill Jews .

  2. Michael, I totally agree that their focus on killing each other means they are diverted from their main enemy: the Jews.

    I’m amazed and disturbed how many in the West, including the media, have come out firmly in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, who represent unmitigated evil intent on destroying anything and anyone that isn’t Islamist enough. You’d think people would wake up to their fascistic nature; yet we have academics, who enjoy all the benefits of living in a free and tolerant society, rushing to their defence.

    I also felt sad, when researching this article, to read about the enormous contribution that Egyptian Jews made to Egyptian society, and how ttheir legacy is buried. This applies to Jews from all Arab lands, who have been forced out by hatred and prejudice.

    • What I simply cannot fathom is on one hand the main gripe Arabs and Muslims create havoc and mayhem around the globe is because they want America and their allies out of Arab land and the Middle East. Now all we read in the media is why isn’t America going into to yet another Arab land Syria in particular to stop Muslims from killing Muslims and the left wing media and their supporters also are criticizing the Americans for not sending in their troops to be killed in order to save Muslims in Syria.
      I just don’t get it >>>

      • No I don’t get it either. .America and the West are damned if they send in troops and damned if they don’t, so best if they stay out of it, and leave the Arabs to sort it out among themselves. The left wing media will always criticise us whatever we do.

        We tend to judge Arab countries through our own value system, and assume they want democracy. Maybe they don’t want what we want.

        • “Maybe they don’t want what we want.”

          That’s a good one Pam. We know they don’t want what we want. They are happy in the main to live in the dark ages, where women were treated like chattels, where they could kill and plunder to their heart’s desire.

    • Everyone should go to JIMENA – Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

      http://www.jimena.org/

      I have a PPS that I made about these Jews. I am trying to find a way to post it here.