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Report: Egyptian Jews demand gov't financial support
May 28, 2013 20:44

The Jewish community in Egypt on Tuesday demanded an explanation from the Shura Council after a report from a Turkish news agency said the government has revoked annual grants allocated to the community by former president Hosni Mubarak, The Egyptian Independent reported.

In a letter submitted to the Shura Council the Jewish community called for the funds to be an explicit part of the country’s budget, The Independent reported.

The Anadolu Turkish news agency on Wednesday quoted an official from the Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs as saying that the government revoked annual grants of LE100,000 ($14,000) previously allocated to the Jewish community.

The letter also called on the government to facilitate the appointment of an Arab rabbi to help community members perform religious rites, The Independent reported.

The letter was discussed during a meeting of the council’s Human Rights Committee, The Independent quoted a committee member, Mohamed Al-Azab, as saying.

According to The Independent, who quoted head of the central department for financial and administrative affairs Soad Mekky, the annual grant was apportioned to the Jewish community from 1988 to 2012.

Mekky added that Mubarak secretly allotted the sum to the Jewish community in 1988.

The grant was suspended in 2003 under former Minister of Social Affairs Amina al-Gendy, but was later reinstated upon her request, according to The Independent.

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