CAIRO, Egypt (KRON) — A leading Egyptian journalist wants his country to sue Israel for the costs of the ten deadly plagues visited on his people during the times of Moses as described in the Bible.
The Book of Exodus describes the ten plagues as including a swarm of locusts that destroyed Egypt’s crop, another that turned the waters of the Nile into blood, and an outbreak of lice, diseased livestock, boils, among other unpleasantries.
“We want compensation for the plagues that were inflicted upon [us] as a result of the curses that the Jews’ ancient forefathers [cast] upon our ancient forefathers, who did not deserve to pay for the mistake that Egypt’s ruler at the time, Pharaoh, committed,” Ahmad al-Gamal wrote in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Yawm Al-Sabi.
In Exodus, God is described as visiting the plagues on the Egyptian people after Pharoah refused to let Moses lead the Jewish people out of captivity.
“For what is written in the Torah proves that it was Pharaoh who oppressed the children of Israel, rather than the Egyptian people,” Gamal said according to a translation in the Times of Israel, “[But] they inflicted upon us the plague of locusts that didn’t leave anything behind them; the plague that transformed the Nile’s waters into blood, so nobody could drink of them for a long time; the plague of darkness that kept the world dark day and night; the plague of frogs; and the plague of the killing of the firstborn, namely every first offspring born to woman or beast, and so on.”
Al-Gamal says Egypt should also get reimbursement for the gold, silver, copper, precious stones, fabrics, hides and lumber, and other items used in the Israelite’s rituals as described in the Bible since he says the materials were obviously stolen before the Jewish tribes left Israel.
It’s unclear what court would have jurisdiction in a case like that or if a statute of limitations would apply.
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