Deputy leader of Egypt's Jewish community buried

Photo: Deputy leader of Egypt's Jewish community buried / Arab-Israel Relations

The deputy head of Egypt's dwindling Jewish community, Nadia Haroun, has been buried Al Arabia reported.

Haroun, a lawyer and an architect, died Thursday at the age of 59 from a heart attack. She is survived by a song and daughter.

Haroun's sister Magda, leader of the community, led the ceremony in Cairo's downtown Gates of Heaven Synagogue Tuesday. It was attended by a handful of the remaining members of the aging community along with several Egyptian public figures.

Most of Egypt's once-thriving Jewish community left more than 60 years ago. Today, less than 40 remain.

Haroun was a daughter of prominent politician Chehata Haroun, known for his anti-Zionist politics. He defended Egyptian Jews against accusations that they had more loyalty to Israel than Egypt, at the peak of the Mideast wars.

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