Just five Jews remain in Cairo following death of matriarch

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The death of Marcelle Haroun at the age of 93 leaves her daughter, Magda, and four granddaughters as the only Jewish residents of the Egyptian capital.

(July 9, 2019 / JNS) And then there were five …

That’s the number of Jews known to currently live in Cairo following the death of the mother of the president of the Jewish community there.Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories

The death of Marcelle Haroun at the age of 93, announced on Saturday, leaves her daughter, Magda, and four granddaughters as the only Jewish residents of the Egyptian capital, reported Watani International.

As of 2017, there are an additional 12 Jews residing in Alexandria, according to AFP.

Haroun was married to anti-Zionist lawyer and politician Shehata Haroun, who was part of Egypt’s Communist Party. He died in 2001 at the age of 82.

Egypt was home to around 100,000 Jews in 1948, when Israel was founded. But an exodus of Jews from Egypt occurred during the Suez Crisis in 1956, leaving a small number remaining who incrementally left in later years.

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