Sunday, January 05, 2014
Amir Ramses film shown in Israel
The Tel Aviv premiere of Amir Ramses' movie 'The Jews of Egypt' took place on 31 December at the World Heritage Center of the Jews from Egypt in Tel Aviv, together with the inauguration of a sumptuous stained-glass window (above), newly installed in the Center. It depicts the colourful motif of the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue of Alexandria. The Center itself has become an international hub for Egyptian Jews from all over the world, from Europe to Australia and Brazil. Here is a report by Levana Zamir, president of the Association of Jews from Egypt in Israel:
"A screening in a public cinema would perhaps have discomfited the Egyptian producer for understandable reasons, so we had it screened in our Center in Tel Aviv, for members only. The Center was so full of people who registered for this event, that we had to refuse entrance to some 30 more who tried to force their way in. The privileged who attended, were delighted by the sights of Cairo and Alexandria all along the movie. But when the author Mohamed Abul-Ghar said: "Egypt never expelled any Jew from Egypt", the audience shouted spontaneously: "No, this is not true !"
"In fact the Abul-Ghar statement is a distortion of Egyptian history, probably out of fear of the Muslim Brotherhood then in power. One of the Egyptian Jews living today in France said during his filmed interview : "Thank you Nasser, because of you I became a millionnaire!...
" Everybody agreed happily and loudly. All in all, Amir Ramses' movie tells the actual truth: the Jews from Egypt interviewed, all of them living in France and Switzerland, testified to their own expulsion from Egypt in 1956, following the Suez crisis. The Egyptian Jews jailed in 1967 and tortured for three years running were not mentioned in Amir Ramses' movie.
"Egyptian intellectuals like Esam Fawzi recognized the fact that influential Egyptian Jews in Egypt were sincerely dedicated to Egypt 's cause and development, and the communist Alain Gresh living in France - biological son of Henri Curiel - deplored Zionism.
"The poor Egyptian people in the streets of Cairo expressed their hatred for Zionism and for the Jews in general. What they do not understand, is that the word "Zionism" has no meaning any more, since the State of Israel acquired its independence from the British Mandate in May 1948.
What could be more natural for the People of Israel than living in the Land of Israel, Eretz Israel? The event ended with a buffet of the best of Egyptian delicacies: Kobeba, Kebab, Wara' Enab (grape leaves stuffed), Menenas, Gorayeba etc. - and champagne of course !"
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