The Elder of Ziyon blog has unearthed a report in an Egyptian newspaper, El-Fagr, quoting an Alexandrian lawyer who is urging Egyptians to ban Jews from praying in the Nebi Daniel synagogue in Alexandria. Nothing to do with Jerusalem, of course! It’s hard to follow the gentleman’s logic: while Muslims are allowed to pray at Al-Aqsa mosque, there are not enough Jews in Egypt to make up a quorum in a synagogue. (With thanks: Joseph)
Nebi Daniel synagogue
Alexandrian lawyer Sherif Jadallah says this has nothing to do with the US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Instead, he claims it is a response to Israel banning Muslims from the Al aqsa Mosque for a few days earlier this year after three terrorists used it as a base to murder Jews.
“The Jewish religious intransigence and persecution of Muslims must be met with a clear popular legal response to the prohibition of Jewish religious rituals and to allow us to perform Islamic religious rites within their Jewish temples,” Jadallah said, in accordance with what he laughably called a principle in international law called “reciprocity.”
The lawyer is targeting December 29th to ban Jewish worship in the synagogue and allow Muslims to take it over. Now that there are nearly no Jews in Egypt, the country has been spending money to restore their old synagogues – for tourists, but not for prayer.