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Jewish festivals cancelled at Alexandria synagogue
Security concerns force cancellation of Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur celebrations at last active synagogue in Egypt
Ahram Online , Monday 3 Sep 2012
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Synagogue on El Adly street, downtown Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian authorities have ordered the cancellation of Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur celebrations at Alexandria's Eliahou Hanabi Synagogue due to security concerns.

Several Israelis have already been denied permission to attend the festivals, the synagogue's Rabbi Abraham Nino-Dayan told the BBC.

It will be the first time since the synagogue was built in 1836 that the festivals will not take place.

“This is the end of Jewish life in Egypt,” the president of the International Association of Egyptian Jews in Israel, Livana Ramez, told the BBC.

Nino-Dayan said he did not believe President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was behind the decision to cancel the festivals.

Alexandria's Eliahou Hanabi Synagogue is one of the few active synagogue in the Egypt.





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Yaakov Sullivan
04-09-2012 06:01pm
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Sad for Egypt
I prayed in this synagogue in 1988. I met one of the few or the only Jewish merchant in the suq, Joe Hariri. How is it that Egyptian authorities cannot protect its Jews from worshipping on the holiest days of the year? Why is it that devout Muslims who respect their fellow Egyptians do not form a guard to protect the synagogue from fanatics who would bring shame upon Egypt and Islam? Why this fanaticism and wheere is the head mufti of Al Azhar to condemn this and go to synagogue on Kippur or Rosh Hashana to show solidarity with the Jews worshipping?
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Carole T
04-09-2012 03:42pm
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Jewish life in Egypt at an end?
This is a serious blow to the few Jews who still live in Egypt and to Human Rights efforts in general. Morsi promised inclusion and equal rights to all main faiths in Egypt. Why isn't there protection for Jews who want to celebrate their faith? Doesn't the current constitution say that Islam, Christianity and Judism are recognized and supported in Egypt. If this is the State talking then Egypt is in big trouble. International Human Rights Watch should be alerted and respond along with all major western countries. The USA should stop talking debt reduction if this is the way the current regime is going to treat its minorities.
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NewEgypt123
03-09-2012 07:00pm
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Is this right?
I don't know how to feel about this story. On the one hand I feel like maybe the authorities are right to cancel the event for security reasons because if there was a successful attack, it would hurt Egypt's unity and image. On the other hand, I think that the event shouldn't be cancelled because all Egyptians have the right to celebrate their holiday regardless of if they are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish. I am a Muslim, an I believe if a person is Egyptian, then the government should protect them without looking at their religion. By protecting the weakest parts of our society, we are making Egypt stronger. I think that the government should reconsider their decision and provide the necessary protection so that Egyptian Jews can celebrate their holiday. Cancelling their event is the wrong message to send to minority Egyptians. The government needs to send the message that ALL Egyptians will be protected by the government in the face of a threat. I understand that their is risk involv
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Neter
03-09-2012 05:42pm
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How strange
History is a strange thing. The Jews were in Egypt even before the Arabs had left Arabia and come to Egypt and now there are none. I suppose this is evolution.
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PC
16-04-2013 12:37pm
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to Hector M.
Actually Hector, Judiasm, Christianity and Islam are all versions of the native-pagan religions of the ancient middle east. None of them are holy and there is no such thing as gods. All humans are equal, religious labels have no meaningful purpose.
Dalou
04-09-2012 08:26pm
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How strange
Today's news September 4: "Israeli Settlers Torch West Bank Monastery", Hebrew grafitti "Jesus is a Monkey" on stone walls. re-Al Akhbar English. September 4 Israeli papers: "The Capital of Israel-Arab free in 2015". I suppose this is evolution.
Neter
04-09-2012 09:50am
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How strange - The Replies recieved
I was referring to the Jewish presence in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. There were no Arabs in Egypt at that time and no Islam so there could not have been the conversions you speak of. Yes the Arabs are one group of Semites by they derive primarily from Arabia. The Iraqi's, Syrians, Lebanese were not Arabs, they have been Arabised like the Egyptians (except for the Copts perhaps).There was neither Christianity nor Islam during the time I refer to. There has been a constant Jewish presence in Egypt for at least 4000 years if not longer and now none! The Arabs have only been in Egypt for about 1000 years or so. The Egyptians were not classed as Arabs ever historically until now. In fact they fought hard to keep all foreign invaders out, Greeks, Persians and Arabs. You may think of yourself as an Arab now but History and feelings are two different things. I am neither for or against this.I simply find it strange....EVOLUTION.
NewEgypt123
04-09-2012 02:41am
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Reply to Nelnashar
I agree with you 100% Nelnashar. I stronly believe that the Palestinians deserve their land. My previous posting wasn't a support for Israel; it was support for the civil rights of ALL Egyptians. The problem with your posting is that it doesn't separate Israel from Jews; not all Israelis are jews and not all jews are Israelis. By grouping all jews as Israelis, you create a situation where all Jews will sympathize with the Israelis because we treat them the same. It's a mistake to treat them the same.
Hector M.
04-09-2012 01:00am
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To Neter
Neter, the Islam is the final version of religion God bestowed on human kind. So most of the Jews, and Christians converted to Islam by finding this truth.
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ahmed
03-09-2012 11:32pm
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actually the jews that lived there most of them converted to islam ...probably to coptic christians first
Dalou
03-09-2012 10:45pm
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History is strange
arabs and Jews are Semitc race, they are not only in Arabia but are natives of Midlle East. Things changed whith Religion one of them decided they were the Shosen, still they lived in harmony. The word "Anti-Semitic" was born in Europe. the collective tranfer of European Jews and the tranfer of Palestinians from their land caused repercussions, that caused extremism and counter transfers. It is on
Nelnashar
03-09-2012 10:39pm
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right of religion
I agree about the right to all people to worship whatever their believe at the same time I believe in the right of Palastenian to their land and believe and heritage

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