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August 4, 1947 Economic Strictures Against Jews in Egypt

Jewish Brigade in EgyptEconomic strictures against the Jews were initiated through the issuance of the so-called Company Law No. 138 of 1947.  The law was officially published on August 4, 1947 and provided that within three months 75 percent of the white collar workers, 90 percent of the laborers and 40 percent of the boards of directors of all Egyptian corporations and all Egyptian offices or branches of foreign corporations should be Egyptian.

Although the law does not mention the word “Jew,” its effect was automatically to exclude the majority of Egyptian Jewry from employment in any corporation in Egypt, for only 7 percent, or about 5,000 Jews are able to qualify as Egyptian under the law.  This despite the fact that 90 percent of the Jews living in Egypt were born in that country.  The character of the regulations covering citizenship is such that half of the 90 percent are regarded as stateless and half as citizens of countries other than Egypt. Even the 7 percent qualified for posts cannot get or hold them because employment is interpreted as applying only to Egyptian Moslems.

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