Colonel Ghaddafi with Colonel Nasser in 1969
The Issam al-Aryan scandal continues to reverberate. Al-Aryan, you will remember, is the senior Muslim Brotherhood official who was forced to resign over his remarks that Jews in Israel expelled by Nasser should return to Egypt, while Palestinians took their place. Whatever al-Aryan's motives, at least he had acknowledged that Jews had been expelled - a fact now being denied by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, according to the Algemeiner.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas claimed yesterday that no Jews
were expelled from Egypt under the rule of President Gamal Abdel Nasser,
Al-Masryalyoum. Publicly disagreeing with Essam El-Erian, deputy head of
the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, who in December called
for the Jews expelled by Nasser to return to Egypt, Abbas claimed that
the Jews left Egypt “willingly” and “as a result of Zionist
In 1956, the Egyptian Ministry of Religion issued
a decree stating that “All Jews are Zionists and enemies of the state.”
Around 25,000 Jews were expelled from Egypt that year, and by the 21st
century, there were less than 100 Jews in the country.
Abbas said that any talk about Jews having “a right to obtain
compensation” is not true. He also criticized Arab countries for not
donating significant funds to the PA, as they are in “a very difficult
situation,” according to Abbas.
Erian’s comments were not popular in Egypt. He resigned, allegedly because he was “occupied with other work.”
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