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Egyptian Copts blasted for visiting Jerusalem

Establishment daily Al-Ahram scolds pilgrims for breaking an unwritten travel ban to Israel

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

A Coptic priest blesses pilgrims in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (photo credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
A Coptic priest blesses pilgrims in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem (photo credit: Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A group of Christian pilgrims from Egypt traveling to Jerusalem to visit holy sites on Easter were scolded Monday by the country’s leading daily for breaking an unwritten travel ban to Israel.

Al-Ahram reported that 76 tourists boarded an Air Sinai flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv Monday, adding that, following the death of Pope Shenouda III — recently deceased head of the Coptic Church — on March 17, more and more Egyptian Copts are traveling to Israel from Egypt. Pope Shenouda had banned religious tourism to Israel, branding it unwanted normalization with the enemy.

Although the Coptic Church shares custody over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Egyptians wishing to travel to Israel must apply for special permits from the Egyptian ministry of interior. They are often questioned as to the exact purpose of their visit, causing many to reconsider the trip.

 

 

 

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