(Egypt) Egyptian President al-Sisi Agrees to Clean and Protect Jewish Bassatine Cemetery in Cairo #general

Jan Meisels Allen

According to the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Egyptian President Abdel
Fattah al-Sisi decided to clean and protect the headstones in the historic
Jewish cemetery Bassatine Cemetery. One day after the announcement the
bulldozers were dispatched to begin the clean-up The Bassatine Cemetery
dates >from the 9th century and has thousands of Jewish graves.

For many years, the AJC called for the cleanup and to make available the
Egyptian Jewish communal registers. The Jewish community at one time
numbered over 80,000 and today has fewer than 20.

Access to the communal registers documents the life of Egyptian Jews and
their descendants including birth, marriage and deaths of the Jewish
communities of Cairo and Alexandria. These records may be considered in lieu
of civil records. The AJC and others has asked that a copy of the registers
be deposited with the Chief Rabbinate of France. The AJC are hopeful that
with President al Sisi's decision will lead to the Egyptian Ministry pf
Culture's unfulfilled promise to allow the registers to be copied.

To read the AJC release see:

Thank you to Ken Ryesky for sharing the information with us.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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