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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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