Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
34 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD April 17, Neiv library construction under way Excavation is well under way and forms have been set in the first stages of construction for the new Le'thbridge public library. The million dollar building is to be located _at the north end of the old Central School site and is expected to be com- pleted by the spring of 1974. The two-storey build- ing will contain about square feet of floor area, of which will be used for book stacks and reading areas. Cost of library furnishing is not included in the contractor's price of The first sod was turned at the site March 19 by Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes and library board chair- man Bili Russell. Good for over 160 average wash loads 45 Ibs. of Heavy Duty Detergent As Recommended by 'Pollution Probe' Why pay lop dollar when you buy this phosphate-free heavy-duty detergent for only 314. Ib! Super-concentrated. Has no NTA, no enzymes, no phosphates. Lab tests prove it washes sparkling dean and snowy white in hard or soft water. Removed soil is not re-deposited on wssh. Ocpl. avel04 Would you believe it? There are Jews in Egypt CAIRO (NEA) Like most Egyptians, Nathan Abraham Moses rises early each morn- ing to get to the day's work. Unlike most Egyptians, his work includes caring for and worshhipping in an historic, dusty synagogue. Moses, like his famous namesake of anti- quity, is a Jew one of the last of his people left in fierce- ly Arab Egypt. On the surface of it, Moses' situation might be construed as a predicament. Jews are not exactly honored residents of most Arab territories. Libya has long mishandled those of its Jewish population which did not flee following three Arab Israeli wars. Syria, more re- cently, has refused to com- ment on the whereabouts of welfare of 10 Jews who have droped put of sight. Even Jew- ish visitors to some Middle East states have suffered street-side Dumpings and hum- iliations. But in Egypt, for the most part anyway, things are dif- ferent. Government spokesmen say there are about 2.000 Jews remaining here, mostly in Cairo and Alexandria, and "they are treated like anyone else." Rabbi Moses agrees. He lives with some 40 Jewish fam- ilies in the old section of Cairo, surrounded by Moslems and 10.000 Ccpts but admits to no problems: "We all live toget- her here in peace; we all love each other like brothers." Actually, Rabbi Moses' opin- ions are perhaps susp-ct. Even the Egyptians call him a "tourist that is. a win- dow decoration of Eyptian benevolence. As the curator of Ben Ezra Synagogue, he is on government salary- The syna- gogue, as an historic shrine, is maintained by the state. Many of the Jews who live near the shrine, moreover, are impoverished and existing on dole. Yet Moses insists he is under i no intimidation when he com- ments on his congregation. Rabbi Moses "Jews, yes, but Egyptians, too" "There has been no harass- semitic. We are anti-Zionist (the movement for the Jewish We don't want to wipe Jews off the earth, we just don't want them to take over Palestine. I can't speak for what happens in Libya or other Arab nations, but Egypt is civ- ilized. What good would it do to run around Cairo beating up Jews? After aH. they are part of our history, too." Indeed, Jews are an impor- tant part of Egypt's history. The religion has existed here for 30 centuries. Although some Arabs may still be fandamen- laily irked at the bad press the original Moses gave Egypt, the situation here before the partitioning of Palestine (and Reg. 45 Ib. box meni. We arc Jows, yes. Egyptians, loo. We jive peace. Because ihis is country, and in this we have learned 1o bat j for a few years after was in- in j flucnzcd heavily by Jewish citi- zens. Jews and Egyptians fought together as part of the British forces in World War II. Daring the 3940s and eariy '99s, the large Jewish popula- tion in Cairo was considered part of the aristocracy. "One of my best college friends was our country respect a newswoman says Samia Egyptian Metallic, other Jews owned banks, de- partment stores they were STORE HOURS: Open Daily o.m. to p.m. Thursday a.m. 9 p.m. Centre VillqSe Mali, Telephone 328-9231 cadi other's religions." Available evidence largely supports the rabbi's view. His- torically, Egypt has been less than generous to its various sects 'the original Moses, after all. led the original Israelites out. if here and into the but religious persecution may no longer be national policy. Jewish graveyards have not. been desecrated. The two Cairo synagogues arc free of white- wash epithets. Regularity, on Jewish holy days, govern- ment figures offer lofty and ap- propriate messages of reaped j mostly old, mostly moderate, Comments an Egyptian offi-; hardly ever political. One Jew, doing very The Arab-Israel war of 1948 forced many Jews into exile and by the second conflict, in 3957, the remaining residents were down to a hard core. Those still in Egypt today are ciai: "J know it for outsiders to But Egyptians are not about the Jewish Question at, is difficult j a woman owner of a station- understand, cry sihop in Cairo, will not talk all. Others who do ask for strict anonymity "just a protec- they say. That the protection is nec- essary, perhaps, is vindication all is not necessarily roses for the remaining No one talks of physical abuse cept for the occasional spat with a there are complaints of tension and in- tolerance. "I was filling out a form says one woman, "and the man looked at my name. he said, 'you're Jew. He said it very loud so that everyone around could hear. Nothing happened, noth- ing ever docs that kind of station is an uncomfort- able and fearsome reminder of where we Beyond the social inconven- iences. Jews say, there is an even more severe form of sta- tus regulation. Few Jews here realJy prosper any more and none moves into a position of public respwisihility. Says a U.S. diplomat in Cairo: "We do nol get stories of actual Jewish harassment, but -we know for a fact thai there is job discrimination." One result of UK discrimination, says an- other obscn'cr. is Giai "Jews help each other or else go begging in the streets." Yet for it all there is no overt proof that Egypt's re- maining Jews are not allowed to live at case. On the con- trary, tterc seems here an al- most, paternalistic attitude to- ward the small community a condition which Egyptians want the to recognize.