A popular Egyptian newspaper columnist is asking his country to sue Israel over the biblical Ten Plagues that hit ancient Egypt as recorded in the book of Exodus.
Ahmad Al-Gamal detailed in the newspaper Al-Yawm Al-Sabi the reasons why Egypt should sue Israel for damages caused by the plagues, which include devastation of the land by frogs, gnats, locusts, hailstorms and the turning of River Nile into blood.
Al-Gamar argued in the piece published in March 11 but recently translated by the Middle East Research Institute:
‘We want compensation for the [Ten] 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 as the Torah calls him, committed. For what is written in the Torah proves that it was Pharaoh who oppressed the Children of Israel, rather than the Egyptian people. [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.’
He also argued that Israel must return all the gold and silver its ancient people took away from the Egyptians as they left Egypt after the last plague, which Moses used to build the Tabernacle in the desert:
‘We want compensation for the gold, silver, copper, precious stones, fabrics, hides and lumber, and for [all] animal meat, hair, hides and wool, and for other materials that I will mention [below], when quoting the language of the Torah. All these are materials that the Jews used in their rituals. These are resources that cannot be found among desert wanderers unless they took them before their departure…’
This, of course, is not the first time someone is suing Israel over what happened as recorded in the Bible: Last year, a Kenyan journalist actually sued the country for crucifying Jesus Christ more than 2 millenia ago.