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Egypt's Jewish community head Carmen Weinstein dies at 84

Head of Egypt's Jewish community Carmen Weinstein dies at 84

AFP, Saturday 13 Apr 2013
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Head of Egypt's Jewish community Carmen Weinstein (Photo: Al-Ahram Arabic news website)
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Carmen Weinstein, the leader of Egypt's tiny remaining Jewish community, died on Saturday at the age of 84, a friend and lawyer said.

Weinstein, who fought for the preservation of Jewish synagogues and heritage sites in Egypt, died of natural causes, said Magda Haroun, one of the few Jews left in the Arab country.

"She was a strong woman. She fought for the safeguarding of the Jewish cemetery and the synagogues," said Haroun.

Weinstein always shunned the spotlight in a country where hostility towards Jews, fuelled by conflicts with neighbouring Israel, is pervasive.

In her final years, she fought against a fraud conviction over a sale of apartments and saw a three-year prison sentence overturned. She did not serve any time behind bars.

Weinstein will be buried in Cairo's Jewish cemetery, Haroun said, after which elections will be held in the community to name a new leader.

Egypt's Jewish community is estimated to number no more than 200, out of 80,000 who left or were forced out after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war following the establishment of the Jewish state.

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Erieny
14-04-2013 03:59pm
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a strong woman
She has been a strong woman she faced a lot of hard situations. RIP. I ll miss you a lot. Love you
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bill lunn
14-04-2013 01:52pm
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A sad story
Egyptian jews who fled Egypt for the most part loved their country and were thoroughly Egyptian. What a pity there are virtually no jews left. Shame !
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Roslyn
14-04-2013 09:25am
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R.I.P
May she rest in peace, she was a brave woman and she truly loved Egypt, Madam Weinstein was indeed a patriot. God bless her soul.
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Maria Allen
14-04-2013 03:59am
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RIP
I had the honor of meeting Ms. Weinstein a year or so ago. She was a lovely person and a proud Egyptian. Any other Egyptian should be glad to call her his or her sister.
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Adnan
13-04-2013 10:21pm
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Jews never respected non-Jews, dead or living
I hope Israel which regularly unearths Arab cemeteries treat Palestinian graves as Jews would love to see dead Jews treated by Egyptians. We have to be honest. Jews in Israel never showed a sliver of respect to non-Jews, dead-or alove. We all know what happened to the Mamanullah cemetery in West Jerusalem. The Jews unearthed the bones of the dead and then built a "museum of tolerance" on top of the graveyeard.
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Shiel of David
13-04-2013 09:23pm
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May, she rest in peace
Hopefully the Egyptians will respect her grave.
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Sami
13-04-2013 08:58pm
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Thank you for honest reporting. She was great
Thank you for honest reporting. I don't think that anyone is qualified to take over in the tiny remaining Jewish community.
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