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New Egyptian Film Explores Fate of the Country’s Jews (VIDEO)

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Screen shot from "The Jews of Egypt." Photo: Youtube/al-Ahram

An exclusive preview for a new film titled “The Jews of Egypt,” about the fate of Egyptian Jews in the 20th century, was recently posted to the website of the Egyptian daily al-Ahram.

The film, which is scheduled to be released next month, features interviews with several Egyptian Jews now living in exile who recount how they were stripped of their nationality and expelled from the country.

The fate of Egyptian Jews, who were persecuted in Egypt, has been challenged for many years by Egyptians and Palestinian Arabs who have claimed that Jews left the country without coercion.

Only recently was the matter broached when in January Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas claimed Jews left Egypt “willingly” and “as a result of Zionist conspiracies.” The film points out that many of the Jews who were expelled from the country fanned out across Europe rather than going to Israel.

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