Delegation of Egyptian-born Jews forced to cancel trip to Egypt

The Israeli Embassy in Cairo says a delegation of elderly Egyptian-born Jews was forced to cancel a visit to Egypt because they were unable to find accommodation following a local media storm over their trip. Israeli press attache Shani Cooper-Zubida says that the group had just come to visit Jewish sites in Egypt and hear a lecture by the Israeli ambassador. "Unfortunately they had to cancel the visit two days ago because they had a lot of difficulties arranging their stay here," she told The Associated Press Sunday. "After the negative publicity in the Egyptian media, they just couldn't." The visit was described in the Egyptian press as a conference with an agenda that included demanding the return of properties once owned by Jews in Egypt, a charge denied by the delegation.