يهود الشرق الأوسط // ذكريات فتاة يهودية من القاهرة

يهود الشرق الأوسط // ذكريات فتاة يهودية من القاهرة


I was young but I heard and saw my father listening to Radio Free Europe and say: “now the domestics should sit in the kitchen. They shouldn’t leave.” But we grew up and there was fear “Don’t talk, don’t speak. Don’t reveal what you’ve heard at home.” A Jewish girl in Cairo: the memories of Marcelle Chalom Wahsington DC suburbs My name is Marcelle Chalom and I was born in Cairo I was born and raised in Cairo for 14 years From the day I can remember and understand things were difficult because there was war with Israel and I remember all my relatives my mother’s family and my father’s family they all fled after 1948. We stayed in Cairo until 1961 because after the war of 1956 the government placed my father’s money in the bank he couldn’t withdraw it. They appointed a trustee to give us the money we needed to survive until the government decided my father could have his money When my father went to synagogue in the morning every time he returned in the Jewish quarter there were 15 synagogues and religious study halls and every week they closed until only two remained and at the end, I remember my father said that when they sat in the study hall the Intelligence sent two agents to sit among them These were people who did nothing but study and pray and at the end there was only one synagogue in Cairo known as the Ismailiyah synagogue that’s how it was known. When you walked on the street and could understand the Arabic at a cafe all you would hear from Nasser was “Imperialism” and “Zionism” and “Israel” As a growing child, all I could feel was that we were disliked in this country that we must leave. But I also have certain memories of how nice the townspeople were. Irrespective of the government and the news one would hear the people we grew up with the baker who brought us bread every day or the women who worked at our home and raised us or those who worked at my father’s business there was love between us but the situation didn’t allow us to remain and live in the country so from day to day the question was always when do we leave. My siblings and I grew up there speaking Arabic and French at home We spoke more French at home than in school. The school we attended was called the Jewish School and was founded by the Rothschilds. The curriculum we studied was in Arabic, English and a bit of Hebrew at first but they stopped it after third grade. It was very difficult for the Jews. All I remember is that everyone around me since I was young everyone emigrated. They would leave for France or Italy and afterwards they would relocate to Israel or the United States. All of my cousins on my mother’s side settled in France because they had French citizenship The story of French citizenship was that they were born in Egypt as were their parents but if their grandfather came from France they still only had French documents They used to say that was better than being Egyptian citizens since if there would be a problem with the government they could not be taken to court back then My paternal grandfather came from Yemen in 1905 No, actually he was born in 1905 He came from Yemen requesting Egyptian citizenship and he received it. Since my father and grandfather were Egyptian citizens we weren’t banished in 1956. But all of my mother’s family who had French or British citizenship were expelled after 1956 They were told they were a danger to the state that they weren’t wanted here. But in 1961 we left for France In 1956 all the cousins on my mother’s side had French citizenship and Nasser deported them. He gave them 7 days to leave the country. My family used to say that they were lucky. In 1948 the Muslim Brotherhood placed a bomb in the Jewish school in the Jewish Quarter but we were never attacked by anyone. They left everything. When you left Egypt you could only take with 50$ That’s all. You couldn’t take anything else. My father was allowed to withdraw his money from the other bank and there were always bribes. If you gave bribes, you could live. When we were about to leave If you had 10,000 Egyptian pounds on your passport the interior minister would take 10,000 Egyptian pounds When we were young we didn’t know what the was we knew nothing about the Holocaust. But he used to say that if we managed to escape with the clothes on our backs, we were very lucky. We came here but when we left everyone around us told us to stay, that this was our country but the political situation was really not good for the Jews. And there was a time, my mother told me the Muslim Brotherhood put a bomb in the Jewish Quarter and people were killed And later, I was young, but the Muslim Brotherhood burned Cairo they burned houses of worship, the burned the Jewish school So as time passed it wasn’t just Nasser and his actions, but also the Muslim Brotherhood and the fear of what they would do to the Jews. I remember very well when my father took me to the foreign ministry and they made me sign. I was just a girl, what did I know? but I understood that we must give up our citizenship. From now on we were stateless. Neither Egyptians nor anything else. We saw how my family suffered. They suffered, but one thing kept them Their religion Despite the fear of visiting the Jewish Quarter, and we didn’t live in the Jewish Quarter, my dad would go there to pray with the few that stayed because if no one went the places would be locked. They were all locked. And when I visited in 1995 and wanted to visit the synagogue across my house it was locked with a lock and I tried to convince the soldier standing outside to let us in, he said it was forbidden it was completely forbidden but he stretched out his arm to beg OK? So it was difficult for me it was difficult because I found Egypt more harsh for the people living there harsh and poor very poor What can I say? When we were young it was nice we had no worries when we went to the beach in the summer We would spend all summer and my father would come on the weekends. That was… my children don’t have that. You would just go there and leave the sorrows of Cairo with the news and the fighters all the time. People just wanted to live. That’s something… I remember which was nice. Yeah. Film and production: Elhanan Miller People of the Book

11 Comments on "يهود الشرق الأوسط // ذكريات فتاة يهودية من القاهرة"


  1. عجوز يهودية شمطاء تخلط بين السياسة والمجتمع المدني ناصر بطل العرب ومن اطهار الأمة يا كافرة

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  2. أنا لا أحب عبد الناصر لأنه سبب هزيمتنا في 67 ولكنه تعامل مع اليهود بما يستحقون..فأنتم لصوص وقتلة وسفاحون ومتعالون..اذهبوا إلى الجحيم جميعا فأنتم من علمتم الشياطين الإجرام والشر والدموية…الحمدلله أنكم غورتم من مصر

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  3. الحمدلله أنكم غرتم من مصر..مصر كانت نجسة بوجودكم فيها

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  4. في يوم الغفران قتل يهود أثناء ذهابهم للكنيس في ألمانيا إذا العرب عذبوكم و سحبو جنسياتكم و طردوكم و كل هذا الكره و الحقد للعرب لماذا يوجد يهود في ألمانيا بعد الهلوكوست ؟؟
    الذي كان سبب في قتل و طرد الفلسطينيين من بلادهم و خلق دولة لجمع اليهود المظلومين و المطرودين من الدول العربية أم الهلوكوست أقل إجرام مما حدث في الدول العربية!!!
    و لماذا معضم اليهود لم يذهبو إلى إسرائيل و إنتشرو في العالم و ألمانيا ؟؟؟

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  5. انا وجدت معانا اكثر شدة الى درجة منعي من العلاج منذ 14 سنة ليس لدي تفسير

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  6. هل يوجد للقناة حساب على انستغرام؟ او للشخص المنظم للقناة وشكراً.

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