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Egyptian Jurists to Sue 'The Jews' for Compensation for 'Trillions' of Tons of Gold Allegedly Stolen During Exodus from Egypt

The August 9, 2003 edition of the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi featured an interview with Dr. Nabil Hilmi, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Al-Zaqaziq who, together with a group of Egyptian expatriates in Switzerland, is preparing an enormous lawsuit against "all the Jews of the world." The following are excerpts from the interview:

Dr. Hilmi: "… Since the Jews make various demands of the Arabs and the world, and claim rights that they base on historical and religious sources, a group of Egyptians in Switzerland has opened the case of the so-called 'great exodus of the Jews from Pharaonic Egypt.' At that time, they stole from the Pharaonic Egyptians gold, jewellery, cooking utensils, silver ornaments, clothing, and more, leaving Egypt in the middle of the night with all this wealth, which today is priceless."

Question: "What will the group of Egyptians in Switzerland do about this issue?"

Hilmi: "Dr. Gamil Yaken, vice president of the Egyptian community in Switzerland, came to Egypt to collect information. We set up a legal team to prepare the necessary legal confrontation aimed at restoring what the Jews stole a long time ago, to which the statute of limitations cannot possibly apply. Furthermore, [the theft] is based on their holy book, the same source on which they relied when they invaded other peoples…

Question: "But the Jews can cast doubt on this story with their usual methods. What is the religious evidence you said is in the Torah?"

Hilmi:" The answer would be that the story is based on what is written in the Torah. It can be found in Exodus, [Chapter] 35, verses 12 through 36…"

Question: "So what arguments can be made in support of getting back our stolen gold?"

Hilmi: "There are two types of claims, one religious and the other legal. From a religious standpoint, all monotheistic religions have called not to steal… Therefore, they have a basic religious obligation to return what was stolen, if it exists.
"From a legal standpoint, they must return the gold, with interest, to its Egyptian owners.


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1. The people concerned were not the Jews of today but the Israelites.
2. The story is not chapter 35, verses 12 to 36… but chapter 12 verses 35 & 36.
3. We say in the Passover Hagaddah that when the children of Israel left they emptied Egypt both from the houses and from the government stores.
4. When Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East around 333 BCE, the Egyptian government of the day asked him to communicate such a claim. The Jewish high priest gave Alexander the reply what the children of Israel took with them was not enough to pay for the labour of 400 years forced on them by successive Pharaohs.
5. The Egyptians of today cannot claim to be successors but the conquerors of Pharaonic Egypt. In fact, Islam and Koran consider Pharaoh to have been a very bad tyrant and sympathise not with Pharaoh and his people but with Moses and his people as is evident in the saying "we wanted him Aun (help) he turned out to be Phar-aun (a Tyrant)".




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