Entrance to Cairo’s Jewish cemetery
The mere mention of the word ‘Jews ‘ sends some people apoplectic. After a delay, however, the Egyptian censor has finally passed the film ‘Jews of Egypt’ for public screening. The Voice of America reports:
CAIRO — Egypt’s censorship office gave
permission on Wednesday for the screening of a historical documentary
about the country’s Jewish community, the director said, following a
delay caused by a security agency that expressed reservations about the title.
“Jews of Egypt” will screen on March 27, director Amir Ramses said on
Wednesday after the censor’s office told him it had decided to license
He said the censor had attributed the hold-up to concerns on the part of
security officials, highlighting the influence that security agencies
still wield after the 2011 revolution that swept former President Hosni
Mubarak from power.
The film depicts changes in Egyptian society’s acceptance of its Jewish minority in the first half of the 20th century.
Most Jews fled the country due to attacks on their community,
particularly after the 1956 war, when Israel invaded Egypt along with
Britain and France, which were trying to regain control of the Suez
The film was initially approved last year by the censor’s office, but its license had expired in October, Ramses said.
When reviewing the most recent request for a license, Abdel Sattar
Fathy, head of the censorship office, said he had come across a security
note stating that the film was not for “public screening due to it
being a documentary.”