Will Sudan see a revival of its once 1000 people strong Jewish community? ADL director of International Affairs David Weinberg points to a surprising tweet on that issue.
On Friday evening Weinberg shared a Tweet in which the government of Sudan called on its former Jewish residents to return, claiming the country is pluralistic. "Sudan is pluralistic," said the new Head of the Religious Ministry of Sudan Nasr al-Din Mufreh, "we invite them (the Jews) to return to this country."
"We henceforth invite them to their right of nationality and citizenship," the tweet reads, "we invite them to return."
The story was first reported by Wasil Ali, former deputy editor of the Sudan Tribune.
Nasr al-Din Mufreh was nominated for the office in September as part of the Sudanese transition
to democracy, the Sudan Tribune
The Jewish community of Sudan was once led by Rabbi Shlomo Malka who served as its spiritual leader from 1906 to 1949, the year of his death.He helped Jewish people who were forced to convert to Islam during the years the land was controlled by Muhammad Ahmad, who was able to defeat the British army during the Mahdist War of 1881-1899.
Influenced by the Jewish community of Egypt, which included Arabic-speaking Jews as well as Greek and Italian speaking Jews who sought economic progress in British-ruled Egypt and Sudan during the years before the first World War, Sudan had for some years an active Jewish community.
After the death of Rabbi Shlomo and the creation of the State of Israel Jews mostly left the country.