HONORARY CHAIRMAN
Rabbi Shimon H. Alouf

Honorees
Ada Aharoni Phd.

Founders
Desire Leon Sakkal     President
Victor D. Sanua Ph.D. vice-President
Joseph E. Mosseri      
Secretary
Menahem Y. Mizrahi Ph.D
Treasurer
Elie M. Mosseri
Nissim C. Sabban

Executive Board
Desire L. Sakkal           President
Jacques H.Douek vice-President
Joseph E. Mosseri       Secretary
Menahem Y. Mizrahi Ph.D  Treasurer

Trustees:
Elie F. Fteha MD


Regional Offices


Ada Aharoni Phd.

President of IFLAC. The International Forum for the Culture of Peace (Haifa, Israel)


Samuel J. Cohen

Tel Aviv Israel


Laurence Abensur Hazan

President ETSI Sephardic Genealogical and Historical Society (Paris, France)

Alain Bigio

Sao Paulo, Brazil



Joseph Barda

Sydney Australia

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF JEWS FROM EGYPT

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Wednesday May 09 2001

THE HONORABLE AMBASSADOR NABIL FAHMY
EMBASSY OF EGYPT
2310 DECATUR PLACE
WASHINGTON, DC 20008     

Fax # 1202-244-4319

Your Excellency,

Dear Ambassador Nabil Fahmy:

It is with great sadness and disillusionment that we read the article "Half a Word" published in Al-Akhbar on April 18, 2001, and reprinted on April 25, 2001.  In it, columnist Ahmad Ragab wrote:

"Thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in  advance, against the most vile criminals on the face of the earth.  Although we do have  a complaint against him for his revenge on them was not enough."

Such writing is not consistent with Islam or with the Egyptian character.  We Jews from Egypt cannot remain silent while our "cousins" spread such malicious and hateful rhetoric in an official government newspaper intended for the masses.  Not even at the height of the hostilities  between Egypt and Israel during the Nasser era have we witnessed such flagrant anti-Semitism. This article bears witness to the sorry degeneration of Egyptian civilization.

We cannot accept that this article falls under "freedom of speech".  We know very well that the Egyptian media has always been and is today controlled by a supervisory board of censors, and we know that most Egyptian columnists are still appointed by the government and reflect its views.

We are therefore holding the Egyptian authorities responsible for this flagrant violation of     human morality.  The regime of President Mubarak held many promises for improved Jewish -Arab relations, but they mostly remain unfulfilled.

We Jews from Egypt demand a retraction and an apology printed in the same newspaper,        Al Akhbar.  In addition, an official government statement repudiating the contents of this article in their entirety is clearly in order.

Sincerely Yours,

HSJE Committee and the Regional Officers.




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