Jews 'have no future' in Egypt, says community leader

There is no official estimate of the number of Jews in Egypt, but a 2004 census indicated that they accounted for less than 1 percent of the national population.

Jews 'have no future' in Egypt, says community leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

Magda Haroun, the head of Egypt's small Jewish community, has asserted that her coreligionists "have no future" in the country – despite the recent election of a new president.

"The community is dwindling after scores of the few remaining Egyptian Jews died in recent years; most male Jews were thrown out of the country following the 1967 war between Egypt and Israel," Haroun told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday night following the screening of a documentary film on Egypt's Jewish community as part of the Ismailia International Film Festival.

Haroun called for preserving Jewish heritage in Egypt and setting up a museum to exhibit the community's history.

The film, entitled "Egypt's Jews: End of the Journey," is narrated by Haroun herself and her late sister Nadia, who had served as deputy head of the community.

There is no official estimate of the number of Jews in Egypt, but a 2004 census indicated that they accounted for less than 1 percent of the national population.

On Tuesday, Egypt's electoral commission declared former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi Egypt's new president-elect after he won – according to the commission – 23.7 million votes in last week's poll.

Al-Sisi led last summer's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – by the army following protests.

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