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Abbas Claims Jews Were Not Expelled From Egypt

January 11, 2013 1:46 pm 11 comments

President Gamal Abdal Nasser of Egypt (right) with Muammar al-Qaddafi, in 1969.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claimed yesterday that no Jews were expelled from Egypt under the rule of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, according to Al-Masryalyoum. Publicly disagreeing with Essam El-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, who in December called for the Jews expelled by Nasser to return to Egypt, Abbas claimed that the Jews left Egypt “willingly” and “as a result of Zionist conspiracies.”

In 1956, the Egyptian Ministry of Religion issued a decree stating that “All Jews are Zionists and enemies of the state.” Around 25,000 Jews were expelled from Egypt that year, and by the 21st century, there were less than 100 Jews in the country.

Abbas said that any talk about Jews having “a right to obtain compensation” is not true. He also criticized Arab countries for not donating significant funds to the PA, as they are in “a very difficult situation,” according to Abbas.

Erian’s comments were not popular in Egypt. He resigned, allegedly because he was “occupied with other work.” But Israeli analysts said there was no doubt he was pressured to quit. The Islamic Jihad movement had called for Erian’s resignation, and Mohamed Abou Samra, the leader of the movement said that “Jews will destroy the economy and foment sedition. Islamic Shariah says they deserve to be killed.”


  • Subject: Open Letter from: American victim of a PLO terror attack rabbi dr. bernhard rosenberg, PRESIDENT ISRAEL ADVOCACY TASK FORCE

    From: American victim of a PLO terror attack

    18 January ’13

    It is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this letter.

    On 16 February, 2002–just over a month before the attack in which we were harmed–a suicide bomber blew up a pizzeria in the north of Israel. Two American girls were murdered, and additional American citizens were injured.

    In the course of a civil case brought by the devastated families, the PLO’s lawyers provided a document produced by a senior officer in the Palestinian Authority intelligence agency.

    This document, produced ten years after the attack, detailed the individuals involved in this attack. The PLO’s lawyers, after providing the document and allowing for a deposition based on said document, claimed suddenly that the document was “accidentally” passed to the plaintiffs and demanded the document back, citing attorney-client privilege. The presiding judge ordered the material returned or destroyed.

    This key document provided the names and roles of individuals who willfully schemed to murder American citizens. The PLO’s lawyers did not detail how ten years after the attack they put together such detailed information.

    The DoJ, the FBI, the State Department, and even members of Congress have shown no interest in preserving this important piece of evidence. For years, members of the US law enforcement agencies and members of the State Department have glibly told us how important prosecuting terror cases is for them. Yet, we now stand at a watershed–a piece of evidence produced fairly during the discovery process of a civil trial stands ready to be destroyed.

    Those who spilled American blood will never have to fear the short arm of US justice.

    The empty gesture of setting up an office ostensibly dedicated to moving these cases forward has produced zero prosecutions.

    The moving letter sent by the sitting attorney general to devastated parents has not led to a single indictment or extradition. Those of you who have it in your power should be demanding that this document be delivered to the appropriate law enforcement agencies; those of you who have the power to demand the same from our government should be screaming at the top of your lungs to see justice for two teenage girls killed for no other reason than that they were Jewish.

    The Palestinian Authority, which provided both the document as well as paid the salaries of the planners of the attack, receives hundreds of millions of dollars each year from the US, yet no one associated with the State Department would dream of asking them for clarification regarding the document or those implicated in it.

    None of you can appreciate how the PLO has played the American legal system–defaulting and then demanding new trials, spending years trying to have cases thrown out on the flimsiest grounds (in our case, they claimed that the Palestinian Authority was a division of the Government of Israel and thus immune from prosecution).

    During our depositions this summer, their lawyer joked how our son, who had a piece of shrapnel pass fully through his right brain, “will never be an Olympic champion” because he still limps today. My wife broke down and could not continue the questioning. The other lawyer screamed at this proud American citizen that I only keep my US citizenship so as to “make a lot of money from the Palestinian Authority”. Yet, today, the PLO stands ready to pull off a disappearing act that would have amazed even Houdini.

    The next court date regarding an appeal to keep this piece of evidence alive is one week from today. I ask each person who has it in his or her power to help these families and not let their children’s blood be spilled in vain to please act. Please support the plaintiffs, please demand that the document remain extant, and please, please prosecute those who killed and maimed dozen of your fellow American citizens.

    Dr. Alan Joseph Bauer

  • There are no less than five associations of Jews from Egypt. They are well educated, multilingual and have made a great contribution to Israel. Many live in Bat Yam but you will find them all over

  • I have just one question, why don’t we see in Israel the Egyptian Israeli Jew? Where is the population of Egyptian Jews in Israel in daily life, politics, bussines, social,, if there are a 100, a 1,000, 10,000 etc. Egyptian Israeli Jews. We know of the stats for Ethiopian Israeli Jews, Moroccan Israeli Jews,Yemeni Israeli Jews, Syrian Israeli Jews on occasion, Iraqi Israeli Jews, Iranian Israeli Jews, Russian, German, U.S. etc.. Where is this population of Egyptian Israeli Jews in Israel and what parts of Israel do they reside in, can someone answere this please. I never see anything of a proud Egyptian Israeli Jew, can someone answere this please. Thank You

  • Max Elstein Keisler

    From Israel Hayom: Reaction to El-Erian’s statements was furious. “We shall fight them vigorously if they return, especially the Egyptian-Israeli Jews,” said Mohamed Abou Samra, the leading figure in the Islamic Jihad movement. “Islamic Shariah says they deserve to be killed,” he told the Egypt Independent.

    Please don’t call my reporting inaccurate without reading.

  • From Why Jews Fled the Arab Countries (

    Egypt. In some cases, the execution of the Arab plan of expulsion extended over a period
    much longer than that of the military hostilities. In Egypt, the expulsion reached its
    climax only after the overthrow of the monarchy by disgruntled army officers back from
    the Palestinian battlefield. In Algeria, which did not attain independence until 1962, the
    expulsion took place later yet.
    Jews in Egypt faced acute problems in the 1940s but these did not set their mass
    departure in motion. Rioting against Jews occurred in November1945, then resumed in
    June-November 1948,26 the latter time inspired by the war with Israel. An amendment to
    the Egyptian Companies Law dated July 29, 1947, required that 40 percent of a
    company’s directors and 75 percent of its employees be Egyptian nationals, causing the
    dismissal and livelihood of many Jews, 85 percent of whom did not possess Egyptian
    nationality.27 A letter to the editor of Akhir Sa’a in 1948 offers some insight into the
    predicament of Egyptian Jews:
    It would seem that most people in Egypt are unaware of the fact that among Egyptian
    Muslisms there are some who have white skin. Every time I board a tram I hear people
    pointing at me with a finger and saying “Jew,” “Jew.” I have been beaten more than once
    because of this. For that reason I humbly beg that my picture (enclosed) be published
    with the explanation that I am not Jewish and that my name is Adham Mustafa Galeb.28
    This testimony rather directly refutes the fine rhetoric of Heykal Pasha about Jews’
    enjoying “all rights of citizenship.”
    Cairo was slow in carrying out the plan proclaimed by its own diplomat, Heykal Pasha;
    only during and after the Suez Crisis of 1956 did Egyptian Jews leave in substantial
    numbers. At that time, the Egyptian Nationality Law was amended to prohibit “Zionists”
    from holding Egyptian nationality,29 Army Order no. 4 then confiscated property of
    individuals and associations;30 and supervision, imprisonment, or expulsion followed.
    The amendment to the Nationality Law of 1956 defined the term Zionism as “not a
    religion but the spiritual and material bond between those defined as Zionists and
    Israel.”31 A furthur ministerial decree in 1958 indicates that all Jews between the ages of
    ten and sixty-five leaving Egypt would be added to the list of persons prohibited from
    reentering the country.32 Clearly, these decrees had little to do with the Arab refugees of a
    decade earlier.

    26 Cohen, Jews of the Middle East, pp. 49-51.
    27 Ibid., p. 88; Shimon Shamir, The Jewis of Egypt (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press,
    1987), pp. 33-67.
    28 Published originally in Akhir Sa’a, then translated into French as part of a newspaper
    survey in La Bourse Egyptienne of July 22, 1948; cited in Yehudiya Masriya, Les Jufis
    en Egypte (Geneva: Editions de l’Avenir, 1971), p. 54.
    29 Law no. 391 of 1956, section 1(a). See Al-Waqa ‘i’ al-Misriya, no. 93 repeated (1),
    Nov. 30, 1956.
    30 Egyptian Official Gazette, no. 88 repeated (1) of Nov. 1, 1957.
    31 “Egyptian Nationality,” in Revue Egyptienne de Droit International, vol. 12 (1956), pp.
    32 Egyptian Official Gazette no. 31, Apr. 15, 1958.

  • My previous comment was inaccurate and Mohamedd Abou Samra is identified in the source as a spokesperson of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and not the leader. In addition, the source has no such quote as is put into the report.

  • I have a friend living in Omaha NE whose family was forced out of Egypt.

    They left Egypt in August of 1962, following years of pressure on her father by the Egyptian government and some neighbors.

    From Cairo, they traveled to Alexandria, then Marseilles and finally arrived in America in September of 1963.

    It was a very difficult journey. Her family was the only one to come to the United States. Others went to Israel.

    • Not true about “… the only family…”

      There were many others who made the same dangerous journey, not to mention those who were imprisoned in Egypt.

  • An error in introduced by the reporter Max Elstein Keisler in reporting the Mohamedd Abou Samra as the leader of the Egyptian Brotherhood when the source has a photo of him with the caption, “Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood senior official Essam el-Erian. |Photo credit: AP “.

  • And yet another distraction. Self-determination is the only workable theory in international relations, and self determination is driven by demographics. The battlefield is in the bedroom. Gentlemen raise your banners high.

  • Abbas like 99% of Muslims denies the Holocaust…Read his Phd dissertation…He supports the PLO charter which calls for the murder of six million Jews: a typical Muslim…

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