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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.

“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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  • duPont

    What was he trying to prove? Without showing the commentary which I can only assume was shown later on TV (?) this was just an exercise in demonstrating the rampant anti -Jewish ethos of all of the Arab countries.

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  • Jimmie Shields

    Thank you Mr. Dulles and the grandsons of Teddy Roosevelt.

  • Bindon Blood

    What a disgraceful people most of these Egyptians revealed themselves to be,bigoted,anti Jewish for absolutely no reason.What a disgusting way to treat a fellow human being. One or two were kindly souls but the rest would feel quite at home in the Nazi Brown shirts. Yet in Israel,the Nation all the trendy hate-filled lefties in the West want to “divest”,Arabs,who ever ,walk about in peace and safety,treated with normal kindness and respect.How much more do the Jews have to tolerate?

  • Very interesting indeed, and an original concept indicating true concern, and a level of bravery, and initiative on the part of the “Jew”.

    Without wishing to appear greedy or ungrateful, the video would have been even more informative if accompanied by translation….a difficult decision however regarding which language(s) to choose. English, Ivrit, and French might have been good choices.

    Thank you for this unusual presentation.

  • steven L

    He is right. They are the best.

  • Edna

    This episode shows without a doubt that although a very few Egyptians showed utter dislike, the majority showed him respect, and one of them even tried to protect him by telling him to hide the paper with “Hebrew” directions in his pocket.

    Compare this with the anti-Semitic behaviour in France, Britain, Libya, Tunisia etc.. and I will say that my childhood memories of the innate kindness and consideration of many Egyptians is something that I try to hold on to whenever I remember the nightmarish times of 1955-56.

  • Spectacular. You have a concept for a book/TV show. Impressive. More power to you.