Last Synagogue in Egypt Shuts Down

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PostFri Sep 14, 2012 1:08 am » by *WillEase*


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Inside the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria
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In another victory for radical Islam, Egypt’s last remaining Jewish synagogue, located in the northern city of Alexandria, has shut its doors.

“The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, which had operated in Alexandria, was the last functioning center of Jewish life in the country,” Gatestone Institute wrote last week. “It is now clear that its cavernous halls, built in the 19th century, will not be open to worshipers hoping to mark Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services this year.”
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Egyptian police say the closure is because they can no longer guarantee its protection during the short span of time it will be open for the Jewish holy days. Can’t? Or won’t?

With no official meeting place for the Jews to celebrate their high holy days in Egypt, the closure brings an end to the final vestiges of Jewish life in the country. It is the culmination of many years of slow suffocation of the Jewish people. Its roots can be traced back to 1947, when Egyptian law mandated that 90 percent of workers had to be Egyptian—effectively shutting down Jewish commerce.

Historically, the city of Alexandria has been a symbolic haven for Jews outside of the holy land. Josephus records that beginning in the third century b.c., 120,000 Jews were taken to Alexandria by the Egyptian ruler Ptolemy. Shortly thereafter, two of Alexandria’s five districts were given to the Jews to practice their religion within the city. Even as late as 1947, there were well over 50,000 Jews remaining in Egypt. Over the next half century, however, that number continued to dwindle. Just a few years ago, the estimated count was 100 and plummeting. The modern exodus out of Egypt is virtually complete.

The Jews are not the only ones feeling the brunt of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt. Both Catholics and Copts have also been persecuted and attacked, forcing many to flee. While the closure of the last remaining synagogue in Egypt may not be a violent attack, it nonetheless clearly shows that Jews are no longer welcome in Egypt.

As Jews, Copts and other religious minorities flee the country in fear, will they think back to President Barack Obama’s optimistic hope for a democratic Egypt? As the Trumpet accurately forecast, the post-revolution Egypt is proving to be anything but democratic. With Islam further strengthening its hold over Egypt, watch for other nations, primarily Ethiopia and Libya, to be drawn into the Islamic fold. For more insight into this prophecy, watch the recent Key of David program “Daniel 11:42 and 43 Now Fulfilled.”


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PostFri Sep 14, 2012 1:45 am » by Nihilgeist


Here, let me correct that for you....


willease666 wrote:
In another victory for MAINSTREAM Islam, Egypt’s last remaining Jewish synagogue, located in the northern city of Alexandria, has shut its doors.


willease666 wrote:The Jews are not the only ones feeling the brunt of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt. Both Catholics and Copts have also been persecuted and attacked, forcing many to flee. While the closure of the last remaining synagogue in Egypt may not be a violent attack, it nonetheless clearly shows that Jews are no longer welcome in Egypt.


How ironic that these Copts are being persecuted and driven from their homes and one of them makes a video about the religion that's doing it, which then may spark the religious wars we finally need to wipe out the cancer on the world that drove him out.
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PostFri Sep 14, 2012 3:20 am » by 99socks


Wow, it was a nice-looking synagogue, too. :(

I guess now when the Muslim apologists try to brag about how well they treated the Jews during the post-Byzantine era and the Inquisition in Spain, we can now point at their modern treatment of Jews and Christians who have been there for 2,000 or more years, and tell them they are full of sh*t.
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PostFri Sep 14, 2012 4:16 am » by Harbin


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