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    • Johnny Egypt
    • 03.10.11 | 20:18 (IST)

    The article raises some interesting questions, including the legal status of Jews who used to reside in Libya. Most of the Jews who formerly resided in Egypt were either foreign nationals, or stateless persons, with only a few actually having the status of Egyptian citizens. This obviously affects their legal rights, and those of any offspring, to come and live in Egypt today, and to make any claims under the Egyptian constitution. It would be interesting to know what the situation is with Jews who used to live in Libya. As I recall, the Libyan government under Qazzafi/Gaddafi had - at least orally - announced that former Jewish residents could live in Libya once more, provided that they had not aided the Zionist Entity. He also referred to such people as 'Jewish Arabs', a term that was met with scorn, and even ridicule by many Jews, owing to the hostility between members of the two groups post-1948. Regarding, re-claiming property, this could be quite complicated. Like many states undergoing immense political change during the Cold War, Libya nationalised huge swathes of property, belonging to both foreigners, and its own nationals. As such, there are many Libyans whose business, homes, etc. were nationalised. How the new government treats any claims made by such persons may prove instructive as to how it may respond to possible claims by Jewish former residents.

    from the article: Libyan Jew returning from exile barred from Tripoli synagogue
    First published 17:05 03.10.11 | Last updated 17:05 03.10.11
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