The Cairo newspaper that provoked and criticised

 Jews produced more periodicals in Egypt than any other minority. Until its demise in 1941, L’Aurore was not afraid to criticise the local Jewish leadership, nor to display its sympathies with Zionism. In December 2018, back issues of the newspaper were uploaded to the Historical
Jewish Press website, which is managed and maintained by the National
Library and Tel Aviv University, with assistance from the Union des
Juifs d’Égypte en Israel Association, AJE in the UK and ASPCJE in France. Blogpost on The Librarians site. (Note: Editor Jacques Maleh was not a banker but a lawyer, and Leon Castro, who spearheaded the boycott against Nazism, did not use l’Aurore as a mouthpiece – the newspaper invited Castro to write for it):

A February 1933 edition of L’Aurore

One of the most
important Jewish newspapers in Egypt was L’Aurore (The Dawn). Its owner
and first editor was Lucien Sciuto (Thessaloniki, 1886 – Alexandria,
1947), a writer and educator, who originally founded the paper in
Constantinople, Turkey. Conflicts with leaders of the local Jewish
community led to its closure, and, in 1919, Sciuto immigrated to Egypt.
L’Aurore was published in Cairo from 1924 to 1941.

The weekly newspaper,
characterized by its Zionist and Jewish affiliation, covered many areas
of interest – Religious affairs, local Jewish community leaders,
relations with world Jewry including the Jewish community of Mandatory
Palestine and relations with the Egyptian regime. In addition, the paper
published translated articles from newspapers in Mandatory Palestine
and starting in 1938, it even included a page written in Italian.

L’Aurore was
considered a critical and provocative newspaper. It was not afraid to
criticize the heads of the local Rabbinate and Jewish community in
Egypt. It was also the first Jewish Egyptian newspaper to send reporters
into the field, rely on sources and carry out investigative journalism
to expose the reader to deficiencies in the local Jewish leadership.

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