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Egyptian Lawyer to Sue Jews for Biblical 'Plunder'
Reuters ^ | Sept. 11, 2003 | Opheera McDoom

Posted on 09/11/2003 10:21:57 AM PDT by jern

Lawyer to Sue Jews for Biblical 'Plunder' 2 hours, 57 minutes ago Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!

By Opheera McDoom

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian lawyer said Wednesday he was planning to sue the world's Jews for "plundering" gold during the Exodus from Pharaonic Egypt thousands of years ago, based on information in the Bible.

Nabil Hilmi, dean of the law faculty at Egypt's al-Zaqaziq University, said the legal basis for the case was under study by a group of lawyers in Egypt and Europe.

"This is serious, and should not be misread as being political against any race. We are just investigating if a debt is owed," Hilmi told Reuters in a telephone interview.

The relevant passage from the Bible, Exodus 12 verses 35 to 36 reads: "The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing. ... And so they plundered the Egyptians." This translation is in the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Some Jewish commentators say that while the Biblical passage may be fact, the Hebrews were enslaved by the Egyptians and therefore had a right to claim compensation for wages.

"Hilmi's assertion that the Hebrew Bible is fact has given Israel and Jews the world over a reason to rejoice. He has opened the door for all Jews to sue Egypt for over 400 years of slavery," writer Beth Goodman told Reuters.

Tareq Zaghoul, a lawyer at the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights in Cairo, said it would be difficult to prove historical fact in the passage that would stand up in court.

"This needs historical documents and evidence to back it up. It is rather far-fetched," he said.

Hilmi said Egyptian and European historical and religious experts were trying to establish if the biblical passage could be taken as fact, and hence form the basis for a lawsuit.

He said the argument that Jews could sue Egypt for enslaving them was also being studied by experts.

Hilmi gave no details of which court he planned to file the case in or whether he thought such a case would be exempt from the sort of statute of limitations that in many countries rules out legal cases after a certain period of time.

He also declined to put a value on the goods "plundered."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arabspring; egypt; exodus; godsgravesglyphs; israel; nabilhilmi; religionofpeace; religionofpieces; theexodus

1 posted on 09/11/2003 10:21:57 AM PDT by jern
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To: jern
Then Jews can sue Egypt for slavery reparations!
2 posted on 09/11/2003 10:23:09 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: jern
Countersuit to follow for the 400 years of enslavement.
3 posted on 09/11/2003 10:23:19 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: veronica
Wonder what this lawyer's LF screenname is?
4 posted on 09/11/2003 10:24:45 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine (this space for rent)
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To: jern
Anyone wanting to pursue a class acyion lawsuit, contact Jonah...
5 posted on 09/11/2003 10:25:23 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
LOL...great minds. Wonder if 3rd party of the "mixed multitude" can get in on this?
6 posted on 09/11/2003 10:25:27 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: jern
The Jews should pay this one ..... and then relocate the pyramids to south of Jerusalem.
7 posted on 09/11/2003 10:26:36 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Islam : totalitarian political ideology / meme cloaked under the cover of religion)
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To: jern
LOL!!!! Holy crap this is funny. The middle east idiocy knows no bounds!
8 posted on 09/11/2003 10:26:38 AM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: nickcarraway
Sorry, that got mangled: Anyone wanting to pursue a class action lawsuit against whales, please contact Jonah.
9 posted on 09/11/2003 10:27:30 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: jern
Sounds like a classic pyramid scheme.
10 posted on 09/11/2003 10:28:13 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: jern
So when Moses took them from Goshen, did they take the towels?

(To get heard, this case will have to be brought in the U.S. before a Clinton appointee.)
11 posted on 09/11/2003 10:31:34 AM PDT by Spok
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To: jern
Then we go after the whole region for that "Crucifiction of our eternal Lord and savior, Jesus Christ" thingy.

That outta be worth me a Lexus...

/sarcasm

12 posted on 09/11/2003 10:32:55 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: jern
I read this last month - it has to be satire.
13 posted on 09/11/2003 10:43:23 AM PDT by ko_kyi
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To: jern
And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We [be] all dead [men]. Exodus 12:33

Don't think the Egyptians want to bring this back up agan!
14 posted on 09/11/2003 10:44:16 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Freedom isn't Free - Support the Troops!!)
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To: anotherview
Ping, ping
15 posted on 09/11/2003 12:40:37 PM PDT by zx2dragon (I could never again be an angel... Innocence, once lost, can never be regained.)
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To: zx2dragon
If I hadn't seen it I'd never have believed it.
16 posted on 09/11/2003 12:50:00 PM PDT by anotherview ("Ignorance is the choice not to know" -Klaus Schulze)
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To: jern
Doctrine of Laches. This suit is toast.
17 posted on 09/11/2003 12:51:50 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (Helping Mexicans invade America is TREASON!)
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To: jern

NOW the Egytians take the Bible literally!


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19 posted on 01/02/2011 6:14:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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We need to inform the replacement theology / reformed eschatology folks about this....


20 posted on 01/03/2011 9:23:50 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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