After Saturday comes Sunday

Grieving relatives of Copts killed by a recent military crackdown leave Abbasiya Cathedral and pour into the streets of Cairo. (Photo: Amel Pain / EPA-Corbis)

What begins with the Jews, never ends with them. Last week’s massacre of Copts in Egypt (let’s call a spade a spade: ‘clashes’ suggest that both sides were responsible for the violence) prompted Joseph Wahed, co-founder ofJIMENA, to write the following letter to the Wall St Journal. It was published on October 17.

As an Egyptian Jew, I read with special interest Matt Bradley’s article Clashes between Christians, Police rock Cairo,” Monday, October 10.

This reminded me of what our Coptic neighbor told my family as we were being expelled from Egypt in November 1952.: “After Saturday comes Sunday.” He accurately predicted that the Coptic community also would feel the wrath and hatred of Egyptians, much of it inspired by radical Muslims.

Mr. Bradley also commented that “Egyptians have long prided themselves on a shared sense of citizenship that straddles religious boundaries.”

Indeed, some individual Copts and Muslims have strong personal ties, but Mr. Bradley’s statement is not based on historical fact; rather, it’s based on a fantasy typical of Egyptian culture. Mr. Bradley needed to research why Egyptians’ so-called “shared sense of pride” did not apply to the 80,000 Jews who once lived in Egypt and who were all kicked out.

There was no sense of pride when Egypt’s nationality laws made it virtually impossible for Jews, and some Christians, born in Egypt to acquire Egyptian nationality thus rendering many stateless. In addition, Jews were restricted from certain government Jobs.

Nowadays, Christians are being victimized by the Muslim community in Iraq, Pakistan, Gaza, Bethlehem, Lebanon, Nigeria and elsewhere.

Sadly, just like when Jews were being ethnically cleansed, there’s the same stone silence from the U.N., Human Rights Organizations, religious leaders and the world’s Christian community.

Joseph Wahed
Moraga, Ca.



  • one:Personally I was surprised to see BHL in was not his place
    Second: the image of Kadaffi's bloody face and the beatings were very shoking.
    three: The ferocity of the people in Lybia makes me fear for the Jews there!
    Jews: get out while you can!!!
    sultana latifa
    suzy vidal

  • In more modern times, Jews in Egypt closed their shops as a sign of protest.
    The Islamists must be outraged by such acts of dhimmi defiance.

  • And relevant to the subject of this thread, I was surprised that the Copts led a protest at all, after article 2 passed in the referendum. This is precisely what Islamists could not accept. The riots are meant to teach them what their place is in a Muslim dominated society, to "lower their heads". Instead, they protest and adopt as a motto "raise your head, you're a Copt"! Admirable!
    I tried to think when it was that Jews protested bad treatment from Muslims. Indeed it has happened in centuries past. And the backlash was terrible, until they humbled themselves and went to ask forgiveness their heads covered with ashes or something to that effect.

  • I think allowing Gerbi at that time would have played in the hands of the pro-kaddafists.
    I imagine that BHL speaking like he does is infuriating Muslims. The sight of a Jew rejoicing over the death of a Muslim – be it Kaddafi – will be deeply resented. Although he grew up in North Africa he doesn't understand those subtleties.

  • The rebels have got off to a bad start, no matter what gloss BHL puts on it. In Iraq at least, Saddam was tried by due process and sentenced.
    another telling development is that Gaddafi's corpse was taken to Misrata, not Tripoli, as if to demonstrate that the Misrata council has more authority than the NTC.
    I think the Gerbi case also shows that the NTC is not in control, or if it is, is not ready to break with the usual antisemitic demagoguery

  • Sylvia, I watch TV5 Monde on Israeli cable TV [Hot] from time to time. I suggest you look for the website of TV5 Monde. If you find it, I'd like to have the link too and listen to the interview again.

  • Yes, Qaddafi was lynched according to pro-rebel French TV. TV5 Monde also interviewed Bernard-Henri Levi. He was asked if he was still so hopeful about Libya's future after seeing the lynching on video, how the body was kicked, etc [like Nuri Said's body was kicked and mutilated by a mob in 1958 when the king of Iraq was overthrown and Nuri Said, prime minister, along with him.

    Anyhow, B-H L said that he was still "optimiste" about Libya. He also said that things like that happen during revolutions, although the lynching of Qaddafi was not easy to watch. Nobody asked him about the threats against and expulsion of David Gerbi. Nothing about the expulsion of Jews from Libya 40+ years ago. And how they were expelled.

    BHL almost sounded like Stalin who said that in order to make an omelet you have to break some eggs, referring to revolutionary brutality. Maybe BHL is out of touch with history and reality.

  • Gaddafi hiding in a drainpipe, Saddam in a hole. These dictators deserve their ignominious ends….

  • bataween – he was trying to flee when his convoy was hit/he was caught and wounded. Then he was lynched and that's how he died.

  • Come to think of it, Gerbi was lucky to be out of Libya before today after all. He probably would have been killed in the coming hysteria and looting frenzy that will surely follow..

  • the funder of terrorism has gone. Roha balla ragaa.
    Translation a one-way ticket!
    it sounds better in Arabic!
    sultana latifa

  • I suppose he took the brave way out – he could have fled to Algeria with his family

  • Just in. Kaddafi is dead according to a high official among the rebels who made the statement on Libyan television .


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