Achieving Justice for Jewish Refugees

Posted: November 19, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Joseph Abdel Wahed, founder of Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa (JIMNA), speaks today on the plight of Jews expelled from Middle Eastern countries. “Memories of My Garden in Cairo: Achieving Justice for the Middle East’s 900,000 Jewish Refugees” begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

Born in Cairo in 1936, Wahed fled Egypt at the age of 16, after the government confiscated his family’s business and property. He was one of nearly 80,000 Jews who were forced out of Egypt with the rise of Arab nationalism and anti-Semitism in the 1940s and 1950s. After earning a degree at the Sorbonne, in France, he moved to San Francisco, where he climbed the corporate ladder to become the chief economist for Wells Fargo Bank.

The event is cosponsored by George Mason’s Hillel, Amnesty International, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and the Israel Club. It is free and open to the public.

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