March 15th, 2010
12:29 AM ET

Egypt cancels ceremony for restored synagogue

Egypt has canceled the opening ceremony for a restored historic
synagogue in Cairo in retaliation for restrictions that Israel has placed on a
Muslim holy site in Jerusalem, an Egyptian official said Sunday.

The event would have been the culmination of an 18-month restoration of
the Rav Moshe synagogue and a 12th-century religious school once used by one of  Judaism's most revered figures, a $2 million project that was financed by the
Egyptian government.

But the ceremony was canceled "because of what the Israelis are doing
with Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem," Egyptian antiquities czar Zahi Hawass said.

On Friday, Israeli police imposed new restrictions on worshippers at the
Al Aqsa mosque as part of broader security measures that also included the
closure of the West Bank.

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  1. AZLib

    Isreal pushing around Palestinians as if to make them mad? Tell me it isn't so... I can't believe sucha a story.. All our press talks about is how Israel wants peace and of course attempting to cause the other side grief would not be an act of peace. So this just can't be correct.

    March 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Coco

    How wonderful of the Egyptian Government to restore a synagogue that means so much to so many Jewish worshipers. We need more of this.

    I just don't understand why Isreal has any say in secuiring Jerusalem. According to the UN General Assembly Resolution 181 (Partition Plan) of November 29, 1947, it was agreed that Jerusalem would be under international supervision. As far as I know Resolution 181 is still active. Why is the Partition Plan not being enforced by either side????

    March 19, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed from Santa Clarita

    Three cheers for Egypt.

    Israel may be restricting worshippers in Jerusalem due to the recent calls for riots from Hamas and because of stone throwing thugs but in general Israel shows great respect in allowing all religions to worship freely in the city.

    It is wonderful that Egypt is restoring its historic Jewish sites but don't forget that while Israel has a history of "placing restrictions" due to security concerns, Jewish holy sites have been completely destroyed and desecrated by the same people who are so infuriated at temporary restrictions on theirs.

    If radical Islam completely controlled Jerusalem how tolerant do you think they would be to others? Would they be restoring synagogues?

    March 20, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. kausers

    To Ed from santa Clarita, the synagogues and churches have existed through centuries of muslim rule, radical islam is a temporary phenamenon caused by zionism and as soon as it moves back into main stream judaism, phalestinian rights are restored, radical islam will disappear.

    March 21, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |