Egyptian authorities confiscated some 1.7 million documents reportedly proving Jewish ownership of land and assets in Cairo, in what the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram is calling “the most dangerous case of security breach in history.”
Workers present old documents at the Israeli state archives in Jerusalem on September 3, 2012 (illustrative photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 )(timesofisrael.com)
The documents were found in 13 large cases, ready to be shipped to Jordan and from there to Israel, Egyptian media reported Sunday.
Elaph, a Saudi-owned news site, reported that Egyptian police received notice that the packages were being held at a shipping company in the Nasser City district of Cairo. Upon arriving at the scene, police found over 1.7 million documents dating back to the 19th century, dealing with Jewish ownership of assets in Cairo. The documents, according to the security source speaking to the Saudi site, weighed over two tons. Preliminary investigations have revealed that the documents were supposed to be used in an Israeli lawsuit involving Jewish property lost in Egypt’s 1952 revolution, the site reported.(MORE)