Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Egyptians: No pilgrimage to rabbi's tomb

There's two stories here. First is the Egyptian's denial to pilgrims to a Jewish holy site, which is bad enough, but another indicator of how the Islamist takeover of Egypt is moving.

The second story is that in 1948 there were about 80,000 Jews in Egypt. Today there are about 60. I would expect that shortly, there will be none.


Egyptians: No pilgrimage to rabbi's tomb

Islamists, other activists say annual pilgrimage to grave of 19th-century Jewish holy man in Nile Delta will be 'suicide mission' for Israelis

Associated Press
Published: 01.11.12, 15:05 / Israel Jewish Scene

Egyptian Islamists and other activists say they have vowed to prevent Israelis from making an annual pilgrimage to the tomb of a 19th-century Jewish holy man in the Nile Delta.

Pilgrimage opponents have decided to stage protests on roads leading to the tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira in the village of Daymouta, 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Cairo, said Gamal Heshmat of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group which is the country's best organized political movement.

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He said that the late December and early January pilgrimage would be a "suicide mission" for Israelis, because of popular opposition to their presence in Egypt.

"Normalization (of relations) with Israel is forced on the people, and the visits too come against the will of people and despite popular rejection," said Heshmat, who recently won a seat in parliament in the country's first elections following the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

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