Marxist-Leninist Palestinian militants with the Popular/Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DPFLP/DFLP) demonstrate proletarian internationalism by guarding a Jewish synagogue in Beirut, Lebanon, despite the sectarian tension of the Lebanese Civil War.
Years later, during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, Israeli military bombardment destroyed the same synagogue and hundreds of Lebanese Jews and Palestinian refugees were killed and maimed, or left homeless.
The CIA World Factbook lists “Egyptians” as 99.6% of the population, and “Other” as 0.4% (2006 census). “Other” refers to those who are not citizens of Egypt, who come to Egypt to work for international companies, diplomats, etc. The vast majority of Egyptians are native speakers of modern Egyptian Arabic.
Minorities in Egypt include the Copts who represent ~10% of the population and live all over the country, the Berber-speaking community of the Siwa Oasis (Siwis), and the Nubian people clustered along the Nile in the southernmost part of Egypt. There are also sizable minorities of Beja and Dom. The country was host to many different communities during the colonial period, incl. Greeks, Italians, Lebanese, Syro-Lebanese, Jews, Armenians, and Turks, though most either left or were compelled to leave in the 1950′s. The country still hosts some 90,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly Palestinians and Sudanese.
the reconstruction of the beirut knis is coming along nicely they’re putting in the benches already and every day its a step closer to reopening. this is a big deal, while there are still jewish communities in mena and functioning synagogues never before has there been an attempted resurrection of a community declared dead and gone. a lot of people for differing reasons hate us and want this to fail so wish us luck! ❤️
A month ago I received word that the Maghen Abraham Synagogue in Beirut, Lebanon; has nearly finished going through its renovation. The person I received this information from sits on the board of the synagogue so its pretty accurate.