Arab media fantasise about Jewish pilgrim rituals

As antisemitism rises to a hysterical pitch in Egypt, people are ignoring what their eyes are telling them. Instead, they’re weaving all kinds of fantasies, usually involving Jews, pigs and alcohol. Elder of Ziyon picks up the following coverage on the recent controversial pilgrimage to the shrine of rabbi Abu Hatseira:

“The Egyptian media is linking to a YouTube video showing mostly Mizrahi Jews – men and women – at the gravesite of Yaakov Abuhatzeira.

“They are praying, chanting and one person blows a shofar:”At least one Arabic article, even after linking to the video, describes a much different – and quite unlikely – scene:

Among the rituals of the ceremony, to be held at the tomb, are practices to drink alcohol [or spilled over the cemetery and licked after that – not sure what that means – EoZ] , and the slaughter of sacrifices are often sheep or pigs, and dance hysterically to some Jewish tunes and say prayers and entreaties to cry bitterly in front of the grave, and hit heads in the Wailing Wall for the blessing.

“Yeah, let’s slaughter and sacrifice pigs at a famous rabbi’s tomb!

“There is also a group of Egyptian bloggers who are very much against the annual visit.”

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  • Andrew, his name denotes he is a christian..most Christians are liberal and think Jews have the right to worship their God.The basic problem is with Muslims who do not like or love Jews and think they are the root of every evil..I do not know the reasons for that whether its Quran or politics .. with Christians it is not the same for most part.

  • I AM egyptian blogger .
    I live kilometers away from abohaseera tomb and i DO support the right of Jewish pilgrims to visit the tomb


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