In September of 2017, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi allocated $71 million for the restoration of Jewish sites. While seen by many as a long overdue step to acknowledge an important part of Egyptian culture, others have been skeptical as they questioned the motives and timing of it, or simply objected to the amount of money allotted to the project.
The president of the Egyptian Jewish Community, Magda Shehata Haroun, poses for a picture during an interview with AFP at the Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue in Cairo. (AFP)
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A general view of the interior of the Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue in Cairo. (AFP)