Historian: Brotherhood expelled Egypt’s Jews


Egyptian TV interview with Khaled Fahmy (MEMRI)

In the ongoing discussion of Egypt’s Jews, it  seems that the  historian, Khaled Fahmy, has it in for the Muslim Brotherhood: he  places much of the blame for the flight of
Egyptian Jews in the first half of the 20th century on them. Report in the Algemeiner (with thanks: Jonah, Lily):

In an interview posted by the Middle East Media Research Institute
(MEMRI) that first aired on Al-Nahar TV, Khaled Fahmi states that “the
Muslim Brotherhood bears much of the responsibility for the fleeing of
the Jews from Egypt.”

During the 1930s and 1940s thousand of Jews fled Egypt. During World
War II Haj Amin Al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, lived in exile in
the country (correction: as commenter Eliyahu reminds us, the Mufti spent the war years in Europe, having fled to Berlin from Iran in 1941 – ed). While there he allied himself with Hitler and appropriated
funds from the Nazis to the Muslim Brotherhood in order to print
antisemitic propaganda. In 1945 a pogrom took place in Cairo’s Jewish
quarter that left ten people dead and 350 wounded. After the
establishment of the State of Israel thousands more Egyptian Jews were
forced out of Egypt due to ongoing tensions between the two countries.

The full transcript of Khaled Fahmi’s comments is posted below (provided by MEMRI):

Khaled Fahmi: The Muslim
Brotherhood bears much of the responsibility for the fleeing of the
Jews from Egypt. All the writings of the Muslim Brotherhood… If you
grab a copy of their Al-Nazir newspaper [from the late 1930s],
the editor-in-chief of which was Salah Al-Ashmawi, you will see that
there were many anti-Jewish articles – articles that did not
distinguish between Zionism and the Jews. An article published in 1938
accused the Jews, among many other things… The article was titled “The
Danger of the Jews to the Islamic and Christian world.” It accused the
Jews of being the cause of British colonialism in India. It claimed
that the real colonialists in India were the Jews, not the British.

Read article in full 

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One Comment

  • Haj Amin el-Husseini was not in Egypt during the war. He was in Iraq in 1939 and up to June 1941 when he fled to Iran and then to Europe where he met Mussolini and then Hitler, staying in Berlin for most of the war until the end. From the end of the war in 1945 until about May or June 1946 he lived in France under supervised residence although he was free to come and go as he pleased. In May or June 1946, he was allowed to go to Egypt which foreclosed attempts to have him tried as a war criminal at Nuremberg.


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