Running with Denial– Morsi and Egyptian Jews

The Egyptian government recently overran its own censors in their attempt to ban the screening of a documentary featuring Egyptian Jews who were forced to leave Egypt in the mid-fifties. Luckily, freedom and independent film making prevailed at the end of the day and “Jews of Egypt” received the necessary but late approval to be shown in Egyptian theaters. This should not be the end of the story but only the beginning of a question: What exactly was the Morsi regime’s issue with the showing of this film? That Jews are interviewed and portrayed as loyal, patriotic and loving to “their” home country of Egypt is problematic? Is it that the mere existence of Jewish history in Egypt has become an

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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