Friday, November 2, 2012

The Jewish Refugees of Egypt

The Jews of Arab lands were often prosperous, and had land, good jobs and servants.

So very many of them escaped Muslim countries only with the clothes on their backs, lucky to be alive.

They are still fighting for the property and lands that were confiscated from them, and this will be a long, drawn out, fruitless battle. I doubt there will ever be a resolution to this issue.

Kudos to Legal Insurrection for reporting on this story from the Times of Israel. 

"Egyptian authorities confiscated some 1.7 million documents reportedly proving Jewish ownership of land and assets in Cairo. The documents were reportedly about to be shipped out of the country to Israel, in what the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram is calling “the most dangerous case of security breach in history.”

"The source noted that some of the documents, containing Jewish ownership deeds for banks, companies and real estate, date back to 1863. The documents are now being held by Egypt’s general prosecution."