The Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt upheld a previous ruling, prohibiting the holding of a celebration for the birth of a Jewish rabbi in the Beheira governorate in Egypt’s northern delta.
The court ordered the tomb in which the rabbi was buried to be removed from the list of Islamic and Coptic antiquities, and it also rejected a request to transfer his remains to Israel.
The previous ruling was issued by the Administrative Court in Alexandria, six years ago.
The Supreme Administrative Court rejected the appeal filed by the Egyptian government, as the administrative body, so that the previous ruling becomes final and irrevocable.
The Administrative Court in Alexandria had issued a ruling, in 2014, to disqualify the Abu Hasira shrine and the Jewish cemeteries around it, in the village of Demetioh in the Buhaira Governorate, from the list of Islamic and Coptic antiquities in Egypt, and notify the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of this, and prevent Celebrating his birth.
The court also ruled that it is not permissible to transfer the remains of the Jewish rabbi to Israel, based on the fact that Jerusalem is an occupied land, and the actions of the usurping state are not responding to it and deviate from its sovereignty, in order to avoid legitimizing the Jewishness of the Israeli state.
The ruling attributed the ban on holding annual celebrations to the birth of Abu Hasira “because it contravenes public order and morals, and conflicts with the dignity of religious rituals.”
A lawyer had filed a case to stop the celebration of Abu Hasira’s birth, which Jews were allowed to hold in the village of Damitouh, after the number of those celebrating it increased, and the rituals that the village residents deemed contrary to public morals.
Abu Hasira is Yaqoub bin Masoud “Abu Hasira”, a Jewish rabbi of Moroccan origin, who lived in the nineteenth century, and belongs to a large Jewish family, some of whose members immigrated to Egypt and other countries, and some of them remained in Morocco throughout the ages, and a number of Jews believe that he is a character. “Blessed.”
The birth of Abu Hasira has been taking place since 1907, between December 26 and January 2 of each year, in a synagogue in the village of Dimtiuh in Buhaira Governorate. Hundreds of Jews made the pilgrimage to him, especially from Morocco, France and Israel.
In 2001 an Egyptian court banned the celebration, but the Egyptian authorities allowed it to be held annually from the issuance of the ruling until 2010.
Since the January 2011 revolution and until now, no programs, grave visits or celebrations have been implemented due to popular rejection.
At that time, Egypt informed Israel of the difficulty of holding the celebration, “given the circumstances the country is going through.”
The Egyptian court ruling comes weeks after the signing of two agreements to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the State of Israel, while reports indicate an imminent potential normalization between Sudan and Israel.