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May 22, 2015 6:31 pm

Egyptian Journalist Dons Orthodox Jewish Garb in Search of Cairo Synagogue (VIDEO)

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An Egyptian journalist dressed up as an ultra-Orthodox Jew and walked the streets of Cairo.

A journalist at Egyptian popular news site Dotmsr dressed up as an ultra-Orthodox Jew and walked the streets of Cairo asking locals for directions to a synagogue, and filmed it for a video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday.

Donning a black suit, hat, a fake beard and payot, the Egyptian man asked locals in Egyptian Arabic for directions to the “Jewish synagogue,” often eliciting shock from bystanders.

At one point, the man is surrounded by a group of mostly grinning young men and teenagers asking the man to show them his paper, where Hebrew words have apparently been scribbled down.

“Who do you think we are,” one asks.

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“Get lost, uncle! Get out of here!” another yells.

At one point, the journalist removes the coat and beard and walks around with a black kippah and a white button-down shirt.

“Are you Israeli?” an Egyptian man asks him, before walking away.

Another Egyptian man tells the “Jewish” man to put the paper in his pocket and not show it to anybody.

At one point, the journalist tells a man on the street wrapped in a kaffiyeh that he is a Jew from Yemen, to which the Egyptian replies: “Great people.”

Perhaps it is not surprising that most locals cannot help the wandering Egyptian journalist find his Jewish destination. Some estimates put the Egyptian Jewish community at about a dozen elderly people, mostly in Cairo and Alexandria. There are about ten known synagogues in Cairo today, though many are in a dilapidated or condemned state.  Most of Egypt’s Jewish community left the country in the 1950s and 1960s amid an increasingly hostile and antisemitic environment.

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