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
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
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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