13 - 19 January 2000
Issue No. 464
|Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875|
Hammer and scythe?
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Sir- The symbol of the Soviet Union was the hammer and sickle, not the sickle and scythe ("What is left to the third millennium?", Al-Ahram Weekly, 6-12 January 2000).
Back in history
Sir- Thank you for your superb historical coverage of the last century (Al-Ahram Weekly, 30 December 1999 - 5 January 2000). While reading your chronicle of the 1948 War, however, I noticed that nothing was mentioned about Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, the national hero who relinquished his high position in the armed forces to lead the volunteer troops in Palestine, where he fell in action near Al-Faluga. I also noticed that while chronicling the 1967 setback and the War of Attrition, two significant events were not mentioned. The first was the battle of Ras El-'Ish, the first battle between our soldiers and Israel, a few weeks after the setback. In that battle an Egyptian infantry platoon stopped dozens of Israeli tanks and track vehicles advancing on Port Said. Second, our naval forces torpedoed the Israeli destroyer Eilat in a few minutes off Port Said coast.
Finally, you said that Israel had bombarded Bahr Al-Baqar primary school, killing and wounding scores of children. Israel, however, also bombarded factories, bridges and barrages throughout Egypt, and killed hundreds of Egyptian prisoners of war in Sinai.
Once again, thank you for your coverage of the twentieth century.
More for 2000
Sir- On the occasion of the beginning of this long-awaited year, I would like to wish a happy new year to Al-Ahram Weekly, congratulating you on the remarkable success achieved over the past few years and wishing you an equally remarkable success in the future. Personally, I feel proud of the level of journalism presented in the paper, in which I find the best form of written English, the best coverage and the best selection of topics. Additionally, the paper gives the opportunity to readers to express their opinions and comments.
Finally, as an enthusiastic reader of Al-Ahram Weekly, I expect more improvements (particularly colour pictures and the To the Editor section), more achievements and more success.
Nader Fayez Fouad
Sir- Only yesterday I picked up a copy of Sir John Bagot Glubb's Britain and the Arabs (Hodder and Stoughton, 1959) from a second-hand Ezbekiya bookstall and was astounded to find between pages 344 and 345 an official Israeli map of Israel which included the WHOLE of Palestine! This was apparently handed out to every passenger who travelled on El Al at the time (1959 and thereabouts) and one American who was given a copy sent it to Glubb. (I enclose a photocopy).
I wonder, is this why Barak is having such trouble implementing the Wye agreement?