Build it and they might come: Egypt's President Sisi pledges synagogues if Jews come back

Build it and they might come: Egypt’s President Sisi pledges synagogues if Jews come back

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[World Israel News] If Jews are interested in establishing a Jewish community in Egypt, the government will build synagogues and other communal institutions, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi told a U.S. delegation during a two-hour meeting last week, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post.

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The entourage was comprised of members of the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission that advocated the granting of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to the slain Egyptian president who made peace with Israel, said the newspaper. The delegation traveled to Egypt to invite Sisi to the ceremony in the fall, when the medal will be given to Sadat’s wife, Jehan.

“President Sisi spoke fondly not only of Egypt’s past vibrant Jewish community but also said that should there be a resurgence of the Jewish community in Egypt, the government will provide every religious necessity required…  that was a very warm embrace,” said Ezra Friedlander, a consultant and lobbyist from New York who spearheaded efforts to have the award granted to Sadat, according to the Post.

This required the passage of a bill that needed to be sponsored by two-thirds of Congress and was signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in December.

“He [Sisi] basically said that should there be a resurgence of the Jewish community, the government will build synagogues and other related services,” said Friedlander.

Sisi’s comments came a couple of weeks after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially recognized its small Jewish community, a move seen as an effort to present itself to the West as a country that is tolerant of other religions.

This article continues at [World Israel News] Egypt’s Sisi to Jews: ‘Return, we’ll build synagogues’

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