Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Egypt Will Build Synagogues For Any Resurgent Jewish Community

Jerusalem Post and JTA report that Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told a U.S. delegation last week that if a Jewish community is re-established in Egypt, the government will build synagogues and communal institutions for it. Sisi also promised to clean up the ancient Bassatine  Jewish Cemetery in Cairo.  The U.S. delegation was comprised of members of the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission, which had obtained passage of a law to posthumously grant the late Egyptian President Anway Sadat the Congressional Gold Medal.  The delegation invited Sisi to attend the award ceremony this fall.  Earlier this month the United Arab Emirates formally recognized its small Jewish community.